Athlete Profile

    Tajikistan Tajikistan
    06 MAY 1982
Dilshod Nazarov in the hammer at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 (Getty Images)

Highest Ever World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Duration
Men's Hammer Throw 3 for 24 weeks
Men's Overall Ranking 154 for 1 week
Highest ever World Rankings position is considered from 1/1/2019


Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
Hammer Throw 80.71 Halle (GER) 25 MAY 2013 1205


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Latest Active Season: 2019


Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records Results Score
Hammer Throw 76.14 Doha (QAT) 24 APR 2019 1135


Hammer Throw

Performance Place Date
2019 76.14 Doha (QAT) 24 APR 2019
2018 78.18 Stadion Śląski, Chorzów (POL) 08 JUN 2018
2017 77.81 Mestský Stadion, Ostrava (CZE) 27 JUN 2017
2016 78.87 Turku (FIN) 29 JUN 2016
2015 79.36 Mestský Stadion, Ostrava (CZE) 25 MAY 2015
2014 80.62 Mestský Stadion, Ostrava (CZE) 16 JUN 2014
2013 80.71 Halle (GER) 25 MAY 2013
2012 77.70 Montreuil-sous-Bois (FRA) 05 JUN 2012
2011 80.30 Sports Park Mladost, Zagreb (CRO) 13 SEP 2011
2010 80.11 Dushanbe (TJK) 18 JUN 2010
2009 79.28 Uberlandia (BRA) 20 MAY 2009
2008 79.05 Almaty (KAZ) 07 JUN 2008
2007 78.89 Dushanbe (TJK) 16 JUN 2007
2006 74.43 Doha (QAT) 08 DEC 2006
2005 77.63 Almaty (KAZ) 05 JUN 2005
2004 76.58 Dushanbe (TJK) 13 MAR 2004
2003 75.56 Dushanbe (TJK) 25 MAY 2003
2002 69.86 Dushanbe (TJK) 08 FEB 2002
2001 68.08 Darussalam (BRU) 21 JUL 2001
2000 64.42 Almaty (KAZ) 28 MAY 2000
1999 63.56 Singapore (SGP) 02 OCT 1999
1998 63.91 Bangkok (THA) 13 DEC 1998

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 78.68 Estádio Olímpico, Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 19 AUG 2016

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Hammer Throw 78.55 National Stadium, Beijing (CHN) 23 AUG 2015
5. Hammer Throw 78.31 Luzhniki, Moskva (RUS) 12 AUG 2013
7. Hammer Throw 77.22 Olympic Stadium, London (GBR) 11 AUG 2017

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 77.34 Ostrava (CZE) 09 SEP 2018
2. Hammer Throw 78.76 Poljud Stadion, Split (CRO) 04 SEP 2010
4. Hammer Throw 77.06 Le Grande Stade, Marrakesh (MAR) 13 SEP 2014

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. Hammer Throw 63.43 E.Nacional, Santiago de Chile (CHI) 18 OCT 2000

Honours - Asian Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 76.14 Doha (QAT) 24 APR 2019
1. Hammer Throw 76.69 Bhubaneshwar (IND) 08 JUL 2017
1. Hammer Throw 77.68 Wuhan (CHN) 04 JUN 2015
1. Hammer Throw 78.32 Pune (IND) 06 JUL 2013
1. Hammer Throw 76.92 Guangzhou (CHN) 10 NOV 2009
2. Hammer Throw 75.70 Amman (JOR) 25 JUL 2007
2. Hammer Throw 71.38 Incheon (KOR) 02 SEP 2005
3. Hammer Throw 69.90 Manila (PHI) 21 SEP 2003
4. Hammer Throw 67.70 Colombo (SRI) 10 AUG 2002

Honours - Asian Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 76.82 Incheon (KOR) 27 SEP 2014
1. Hammer Throw 76.44 Guangzhou (CHN) 21 NOV 2010
1. Hammer Throw 74.43 Doha (QAT) 08 DEC 2006
2. Hammer Throw 74.16 Jakarta (INA) 26 AUG 2018
7. Hammer Throw 63.91 Bangkok (THA) 13 DEC 1998

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. Hammer Throw 77.14 Thessaloniki (GRE) 13 SEP 2009

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 80.11 Dushanbe (TJK) 18 JUN 2010
1. Hammer Throw 75.08 Dushanbe (TJK) 11 JUN 2005
Results in:

Hammer Throw

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
23 APR 2019 Asian Championships, Doha QATQAT GL Q 2. 71.46
24 APR 2019 Asian Championships, Doha QATQAT GL F 1. 76.14
26 MAY 2019 Meeting Elite, Forbach FRAFRA D F 6. 71.24
01 JUN 2019 Werfertage, Halle GERGER E F 4. 73.82
12 JUN 2019 Irena Szewińska Memorial, Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium, Bydgoszcz POLPOL GL F 8. 74.55
16 JUN 2019 ORLEN Memoriał Janusza Kusocińskiego, Stadion Śląski, Chorzów POLPOL GL F 8. 75.03
19 JUN 2019 Motonet GP, Jyväskylä FINFIN D F 3. 74.81
02 JUL 2019 Athletics Grand Prix, Poznan POLPOL F F 4. 72.90
09 JUL 2019 Gyulai István Memorial Hungarian GP, Bregyó Athletic Center, Székesfehérvár HUNHUN GL F 7. 73.93

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Updated 2 August 2017


Dilshod NAZAROV, Tajikistan (Hammer Throw)

Height 187cm

Weight 120kg

Born: 6 May 1982 in Dushanbe

Lives: Dushanbe

Coached by his mother, Zaytuna Nazarova



Try to image a broken-down dirt road occupied by armed soldiers and military hardware. Then image a 10-year-old boy weaving among armoured personnel carriers and tanks. From summer 1992, he has been doing that three of four times a week, during three years. It was 10km from home to the stadium and then the same distance back after only 1.5 hours practice. Dilshod Nazarov’s way into athletics looked like that.


“It was civil war time in Tajikistan,” Nazarov is remembering. “Public transport in Dushanbe didn’t work and I had to go to the training on foot. I always was much taller, stronger and looked older than my peers, but I still was a child and I was scared. I was young and full of energy that is why 10km did not seem too long and difficult for me. But three years later, when I bought the bicycle, I felt the happiest boy on Earth and my way to the training became much easier.”


Dilshod was born in a sports family, although his parents never achieved international level. Father Dzhamalidin Nazarov was one of the best in fire-applied sport. Mother Zaytuna was a member of the Tajik handball team. That is why young Dilshod tried many sports before athletics. He was keen on tennis, football and even played basketball in the national youth team. In summer 1992, a neighbour of Nazarov’s family, Turkmen Telyaboy Khudaberdyev, took Dilshod into his throwing group and put the hammer in his hands…


In 1995, 13-year-old Nazarov already competed at the Central Asian Games in Tashkent, and achieved 48.50 with the 7kg hammer. “We never threw light hammers at practices, and used them only for warming-up,” Nazarov said. “That is why I felt comfortable throwing 7kg hammer at senior events in spite of the fact that I was too young.” In 1997, 15-year-old Dilshod became bronze medallist at the West Asian Games, and missed the 60m mark only by 6cm. “I was in seventh heaven with joy! And that day I understood that hammer throwing will be the sense of all my life.”


In 1996, Nazarov’s family suffered a loss. Dilshod’s, father who worked in the military academy, was killed in mountains near Afghanistan during the enemy’s large-scale armed attack. For more than one year, he was considered as missing in action. Later, local residents told Nazarov’s mother the heroic story of a Tajik platoon commander, who stayed on the front line till the last minute of his life, covering the retreat of his soldiers, and saved their lives in such way… That was Dzhamalidin Nazarov…  


“It was a very difficult time for our family,” Dilshod recalls. “My mother had to work hard to keep a family. I was ready to give up athletics to find extra earnings, but my mother insisted on continuing my career. I stayed in athletics thanks to her only.” In any case, Nazarov left the throwing group of his first coach and started to train without any assistance.  He became a regular visitor of the Sport Institute library, studying all available books about training methodologies, loadings, weightlifting and hammer throw technique. His mother, who worked as a lecturer at the Institute, shared with Dilshod all her knowledge and even gave him the possibility to train at the institute’s fields. “Though I mostly train by myself, my mother is controlling my physical preparation till now. In the last years, she also helps me a lot during throwing practices, catching sight of my technical mistakes,” added Dilshod. 


At the end of the nineties, Nazarov did not have enough experience to prepare alone for major events. That’s why, at the IAAF World Junior Championships 1998, (he was only 16 years old) Dilshod couldn’t go through the qualification, with a best attempt of 60.02. But already in December that year, he improved his personal best to 63.91 (7kg) and finished among the finalists at the Asian Games in Bangkok.


Two years later, Nazarov went to his next World Junior Championships and was absolutely sure he would fight for medals. But he didn’t take into consideration the more than 24-hours flight with three connections, and his performance in another time and climate zone. Being one of the favourites in the Santiago de Chile field, he was only able to throw 63.43m and finished fifth. In 2001, Dilshod improved his PB to 68.08m, setting national and Asian junior records and won the Asian Junior Championships.


Nazarov began the 2002 competition season with another PB, 69.86m, in February and was sure he would break the 70m mark that year. His physical conditions were really great, but technical faults didn’t allow results to improve. His performance at the Asian Games on 8 October became the biggest disappointment for Nazarov. He took only ninth place in Busan, with a very modest 58.39m.


“Misfortunes never come alone,” Nazarov says. “I was devoid of a grant and any financial support in my country, I lost all interest and was one step from retirement. Thank God, some businessmen proposed me their help. They funded not only part of my preparation, but also covered almost all expenses for competition trips.”


In 2003, Nazarov was in a Ukrainian training camp twice a year for three months to take advice from Yuriy Piskunov. The results of their collaboration were obvious. On 11 May, Dilshod passed the 70m mark for the first time in his career, and achieved 73.39m in Kiev (standard of International level Master of Sport by Tajik classification) and two weeks later improved his personal best to 75.56 at the national championships in Dushanbe. He was successfully selected for the World Championships, but had to withdraw from participation because of back injury. Nazarov not only didn’t want to come to Paris as a tourist, but also couldn’t take any chances one year before the Olympics.


The following year, Dilshod came back to the training camp in Nova Kakhovka to continue his teamwork with the Ukrainian coach. Already in March, he achieved the Athens Olympics qualifying standard, attaining 76.58m at a local competition in Dushanbe. He didn’t perform a lot that year, but his results were impressively stable. “I felt great before my first Olympics,” Nazarov recalls. “I was ready to improve my personal best by one or even two meters. But good fortune turned away from me. All my qualifications attempts were far enough (at least over 76m) but the hammer landed outside the sector. Certainly I was very upset, but I wasn’t disappointed. There I understood that I can throw much farther and be among the best hammer throwers in the world.” 


Wrong build-up of the training process in 2005 and too late start of preparation in 2006 made those seasons toneless for Nazarov. At his first World Championships, in Helsinki, Dilshod threw 73.38 in qualification and it was a result he was ready for.  In 2006, Nazarov competed only three times, but on 8 December managed to become the winner of the Asian Games, achieving in rainy and stormy Doha a modest 74.43m.


In 2007, Nazarov attained great shape and improved his personal best to 78.89m already in the middle of the June, at local competitions in Dushanbe. He competed under big loadings at the Asian Championships in Amman on 25 July and took second place with 75.70, but after the competition he began to suffocate.


“It was an unpleasant feeling. I couldn’t walk even 100m without asthmatic fits and giddiness,” Nazarov recalls. “I made all possible analyses and medical examinations, but nobody could say what had happened. Trainings were simply not on. In such conditions I came to the World Championships. It was logical that I achieved only 71.70 in qualifications in Osaka and had to come back home to continue treatment for an unknown illness. Later, one osteopath told me I have a nerve entrapment in the cervical spine, although I didn’t feel any pain. After three massages and one month of easiest yoga exercises, I felt absolutely healthy and set a goal to achieve the final at future Olympic Games.”


And Dilshod achieved his objective. First in June 2008 he set a PB 79.05 while competing in Almaty and achieved the qualifying standard for the Olympics. And in Beijing, he finished 11th with a 76.54 best attempt. “It was really good, as that year I had performed only 4 times before Olympic Games. I definitely needed a manager and the possibility to compete on the international athletics circuit to have more competitions experience. In Beijing I was introduced to the former hammer thrower, Czech manager Vladimir Maska and we began our collaboration immediately.”


In 2009, Nazarov started his summer season from three South American GP meetings, in Brazil, where he defeated Beijing Olympic champion Primos Kozmus, setting a new personal best of 79.28m. “It was time of rebirth of my international career,” Nazarov smiles. By the middle of the June, he had already performed at nine competitions and enjoyed the ability to perform with the strongest hammer throwers in the world. Then Dilshod made a pause in competitions and focused on purposeful preparation for the World Championships. He was in the mood for the medal fight. But in the Berlin final, Nazarov felt flat. The hammer landed outside the sector in two attempts and he had to make the third throw very carefully. As a result, Dilshod finished his competitions in Berlin on 11th place only, with 71.69m.


But one month later, a mark of 77.14 and fifth position at the World Athletics Final, in Thessaloniki, became the clear confirmation of Nazarov’s great shape. “Moreover, on 10 November I took an easy win at the Asian Championships, in Guangzhou, although I had very light trainings from September, even without weightlifting and special physical preparation” Dilshod continued. 


All winter 2010, Nazarov paid a lot of attention to special exercises to improve his technique. “My technical mistakes are like the echo from the youth. At the time when the coach has to teach pupils technical rudiments, I was self-coaching. Now I must make many corrections and it isn’t easy, as some wrong elements got implanted into my throws too deeply. Mostly I can’t adopt the usual exercises widespread among throwers. I have to invent something new,” Dilshod smiles.


The 2010 summer season became the most stable in his career. He threw over 80m for the first time at the national championships in Dushanbe on 18 June, became silver medallist at the Continental Cup in Split on 4 September, won the Asian Games at the end of November and finished second in the overall standings of the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge. It was a good incentive to get absorbed in Daegu preparation.


“I felt great and was confident of high results at the World Championships,” Nazarov says. “Before my departure to Daegu, I had test training where I achieved 76.50m. It meant I was ready to throw over 80m. I arrived in South Korea two weeks before competitions and made a few very hopeful practices. But the picture changed during competition. I made one attempt after another but the hammer flew 76m, like bewitched. I was not able to change anything.”


In Daegu, Nazarov finished 10th and was very upset with his 76.58 in the World Championships final. He even wanted to change plans and withdraw from further competitions that season, but after all decided to continue performances. And his persistence was crowned by a new personal best at the last competition of the season. On 13 September in Zagreb, Nazarov achieved 80.30m and became second in the overall standing of the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge for the second time in a row.


Winter 2012 was too snowy and cold in Tajikistan, so Nazarov was forced to train only indoor. Dilshod began throwing practice at the end of March only, and that is why he had to postpone the  start of his competition season to May. Nevertheless, he quickly picked up good competition shape. But one and a half month before the Olympics, Nazarov injured his shoulder. He received treatment and trained at the same time. Pain grew every day. And only in London did Dilshod get the true verdict. His pain was diagnosed as liquid accumulation in the shoulder.


“Doctors from the London Olympics medical centre did all they possibly could at that moment,” Nazarov says. “They pumped out liquid from the shoulder and injected a special gel, which gave my shoulder the ability to move and turn. I felt much better and even went through the qualification with 8th result 75.91m. But the pain returned when I warmed up before the Olympic final. I threw 73.80 with incredible pain and stayed at the 10th place at my second Olympics.”


After his unsuccessful performance in London, Nazarov took a long rest and began his training only in January 2013. He started from lifting, lending an attentive ear to his shoulder. He still felt a weak pain deep inside, but it allowed throwing. Dilshod completed all preparations for the summer 2013 season in Tajikistan. “I understood that tiredness from long flights and frequent competitions accumulated inside me,” Nazarov explains. “I wanted to enjoy my family, my house, my motherland as long as possible. I even invited my friend and rival, Lukas Melich from Czech Republic, to a training camp in Dushanbe. The weather was warm and sunny and we had great practices together.”


In 2013, Nazarov focused on preparation for the World Championships, in Moscow, like never before. He opened the international season in early May in Japan and achieved a new personal best on 25 May in Halle with a world-leading 80.71m. “I had already secured a place among top hammer throwers in the world, but never proved it at major competitions. I hoped this year it would my time” said Dilshod.  


After his next victory with 78.32m at the Asian Championships in Pune on 6 July, Nazarov decided to take a pause in competitions for purposeful preparation to the World Championships. His last and main preparation was in the Czech Republic, under the eyes of his manager. Dilshod gained great shape from one day to another and finally got very into strong physical condition, but one week before his flight to Moscow some technical problems suddenly appeared.


“All my training tests showed that I was able to improve my personal best. I threw the 6kg hammer over 88m and that meant that I had to throw the 7kg hammer about 82-83m, but just as I took one last hammer, my technique was becoming far from perfect,” Nazarov recalls.


In any case, he reached the World Championships final in Moscow, with the fourth best result (77.93m) in qualification. Two days later Dilshod took fifth place with 78.31 and was absolutely disappointed with such a performance.


“I had to throw over 80m in any case, but my technique that day was horrible and I could do nothing to correct my mistakes. I even wanted to finish my season immediately, but I already had some commitments with meeting directors and didn’t want to break my word. But I finished the season very soon, after I finished fourth at the Skolimowska Memorial in Warsaw on 25 August with a modest 76.10m attempt,” Nazarov said.


Then Dilshod decided to take a long break from practices and came back to the stadium only in January, paying much more attention to the development of technically problematic moments. He prepared in Dushanbe until May and went to a European training camp just to begin his competition season. At the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava on 16 June, Nazarov was very close to improving his personal best when taking second place with 80.62m. He performed at 13 events during the 2014 summer season and had successful attempts over 80m at two more meetings: at the Gyulai Memorial in the Hungarian city of Szekesfehervar on 8 July (80.24) and in Madrid on 19 July (80.51).


“I was more or less content with such a season, but some technical problems forced me to take a pause in competition to be preparing well for the Continental Cup. Certainly, I would have liked to perform at one or two IAAF World Hammer Throw Challenge events, but couldn’t arrange it with the meeting directors. I definitely needed to test my physical and technical conditions before Marrakech, as a two-month competition break is too long before such an important event as the Continental Cup. I felt really strong in the field and even coped with my technique but it was the day when my hammer didn’t want to fly and I had to be thankful for small mercies when I took fourth place with 77.06m,” Nazarov said.


Finally, Dilshod was able to finish the 2014 competition season on a high note when he took his third gold at the Asian Games, in Incheon, with 76.82m being there an unreserved favourite.


This time he cardinally changed pre-season preparation. After one-month rest, he started training and devoted all the winter to physical strengthening and improvement of technical details under the direction of his manager. The summer season start was promising for Dilshod, when he achieved 79.36m at the Ostrava Golden Spike already on 25 May and won the Asian Championships in Wuhan, China (77.68m) ten days later.


“After that, I came back to the Czech Republic, where I was based almost all summer for training between my performances. To be honest, I was sure I could pass the 80m mark this year as well and even smash my personal record, but my feelings were different from my results. I cannot say that I wasn’t satisfied with this season. It looked very consistent and good, without evident failures but, unfortunately, without any surge as well. On the other hand, it was not bad, as I did all I could to gain my top shape for the Beijing Worlds. Thanks to Tadjik two-time World champion in hammer, Andrey Abduvaliyev, who works now with Chinese athletes, I was able to come to Beijing for a training camp almost two weeks before the event. It was a very right decision, as I had enough time for acclimatisation and received some good advice from one of the hammer throw legends. At the same time, my manager, Vladimir Maska, was very helpful in last corrections and cleaning-up of my technique,” Nazarov stressed.


In the Beijing World Championships qualification, Dilshod threw 75.56m in the second round and did not take the last attempt, being sure that it would be more than enough to get to the final. He knew there were too many things to improve one day later.


On 23 August, Nazarov topped the men’s hammer throw competition in the second round, having achieved 77.61m, but world leader Pawel Faidek answered with an impressive throw over 80m already in the next attempt. Occupying second position in the field, Dilshod improved to 78.06m and 78.55m in the fourth and fifth rounds respectively but Pole Wojciech Nowicki was very close to move Nazarov down by one position.


“I felt calm, as it looked like Wojciech’s hammer landed closer than my previous distance, but when I saw the same 78.55m on the screen, I wondered at the digits. As far as I remember, there never was the same result among the top three throwers in our event at major competitions,” Nazarov recalls.


Finally, Dilshod took the silver medal at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing, beaten only by the Pole Faidek. It was the first Tadjik medal at the World Championships in Athletics since Abduvaliyev had won gold in Göteborg 1995. 


“People say that second place is always annoying but I felt a huge joy. Pawel Faidek is the unreserved leader in our field and he deserved this victory, but I wasn’t going to give up in advance.  My wait for a World Championships medal was too long. That silver was the most long-awaited and very welcome in my collection to date,” Nazarov said.


After ending the 2016 season in the middle of September, Nazarov took 1.5 months rest and started his preparation for the Olympic season at the beginning of November. Everything was going according to plan and Dilshod felt he could achieve a cardinally new level of physical condition, but a hip injury interfered in his training. Three months of recovery made a negative impact on pre-season preparation.


Nevertheless, Nazarov opened his 2016 summer season with an excellent 78.82m at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava on 19 May and continued to perform during May and June at the same high level. After competing in Turku on 29 June, where he achieved a season best of 78.87m, Dilshod decided to stop his performance and focused on preparation for the Rio Olympic Games.


“I’m satisfied with my shape this season, even if the hip injury disturbed me constantly. I didn’t feel the pain when I competed, but huge discomfort appeared after events. The injury didn’t allow me to fulfil all technical details I had to do in the circle,” Nazarov explains.


After coming back home at the end of June, Dilshod decided to make a pre-Olympic reboot, increasing training loadings, but a little later he felt that he cannot scramble out of the pit with his condition.


“I was little scared,” Dilshod confesses. “One week before my trip to Rio de Janeiro, I came to the Czech Republic to do my technical practice together with my manager and all the things fell into place. My training results went up and I could go to the Rio keeping calm.”


At the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on 5 August, Nazarov came into the Maracanã Stadium as flag bearer of the Tadjik national team.


“Those are incredible and very pleasant feelings, when you’re honoured by your country to bear the national flag. I was flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony eight years ago and those memories are one of the brightest in my life. In 2016, I got to the Ceremony from straight the plane, as I joined my team four hours after my landing in Rio on a transatlantic flight. As a result, I felt too tired, but I was charged with positive energy and the Olympic mood. I came to Rio ready to fight for the top places but the Games are very special competitions, full of surprises. Dilshod said the morning after the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.    


The first surprise in the field came already in qualification, when reigning World champion, World leader and main favourite of the event, Pawel Fajdek from Poland, didn’t make the final, while Nazarov used only two attempts to reach the final with the third best result, 76.39m.


“I didn’t pay any attention to the fact that the top favourite was out of the competition. I didn’t think about the fact that it was, maybe, the only chance to win. On 19 August, I just came into the field to do my job - calmly and professionally. I topped the competition in the third round, but I didn’t feel relaxed. I stayed focused and tried to improve in each attempt. Even when I threw 78.68m in fifth round, I was on the look-out for Belarusian Ivan Tikhon and Pole Wojciech Nowicki, two who were really strong that evening,” Nazarov recalls.


Even if Nowicki had managed to jump from seventh to third position in his last attempt, Nazarov remained unattainable for his rivals. “It was an incredible feeling when I stepped into the circle to do my last attempt, being already Olympic champion. On one hand, it was difficult to stay focused and to manage my emotions, but on other hand, I wanted to say a huge THANKS to all crowd on the stadium and to all people who supported me.”


Nazarov came to fully realise that he became the Olympic champion only the next day, when he got his gold medal from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The main surprise awaited Dilshod in his native Dushanbe, when thousands of people came to the local airport to meet their hero. A luxurious cortège drove him through the whole city, and a huge crowed hailed him along the road. “Certainly, I expected that my family, friends and some people close to me would come to the airport, but what I saw that day was incredible and unforgettable,” Nazarov confessed. Next day he was decorated with the Order of Glory by Tadjik President.


Even if Dilshod had been invited for two more meeting after the Rio Olympics, celebrations and official meetings at home forced him to withdraw from all further competitions. The ending of his exceptional year was even more joyful, when Dilshod Nazarov became father for the third time. His son Iskandar was born on 4 December 2016. "It does not matter, if I’m a champion or a famous athlete in the country. The most important thing for me is the health of my family and of my children. I will try to raise them with dignity and to be the best father for them," Nazarov told proudly.


Nazarov began preparation for next season much later than usual. He started light trainings in January 2017 only. “It was too difficult to find new motivation when your childhood dream finally came true. I have been getting accustomed to training process day by day and step by step. I didn’t change a lot in preparation, started compete in the middle of the May, but I had some technical problems at each competition,” Nazarov said.


Dilshod achieve his season best of 77.81m at the Golden Spike annual meeting in Ostrava on 27 June and won the Asian Championships ten days later with 76.69m.


“Throwers have a very special expression, ‘I lost the feeling of the implement.’ That is what happened to me this season. Only two weeks before the World Championships in London did I overcome this problem and regain my usual feelings and conditions. I’m going to the British capital in great mood. Now I have new goal – Tokyo 2020, and I hope that London Worlds will give me the good start in this enthralling journey,” Nazarov told from his last training camp in Czech Republic.


In 2001, Dilshod Nazarov graduated from the Tajik Institute of Sports and Physical Culture and in 2006 from the Tajik State Economic Institute as international relations manager. He was married in the age of 19. His first son Dalyer was born in 2002, daughter Amina in 2004 and second son Iskandar in 2016.


Dilshod Nazarov has a tradition to gather all his family together before his departure to different competitions. That is the time when he can show his culinary talent for his loved ones. Dilshod’s trump dish is pilaf, which needs sometimes 5 hours for cooking on the fire.


Since March 2009, Dilshod Nazarov is the president of Tajik Athletics Federation. “I have a very professional and nice team I work with. That is why I can combine athletics career with such an important post successfully,” summed up Dilshod.



Personal Best

Hammer Throw: 80.71 (2013)



Yearly Progression

Hammer Throw: 1995: 48.50; 1996: - ; 1997: 59.94; 1998: 63.91; 1999: 63.56; 2000: 66.50; 2001: 68.08; 2002: 69.86; 2003: 75.56; 2004: 76.58; 2005: 77.63; 2006: 74.43; 2007: 78.89; 2008: 79.05; 2009: 79.28; 2010: 80.11; 2011: 80.30; 2012: 77.70: 2013: 80.71; 2014: 80.62; 2015: 79.36; 2016: 78.87; 2017: 77.81



Career Highlights

1997    3rd        West Asian Games (Tehran)                                              59.94A

1998    q          World Junior Championships (Bydgoszcz)                             60.02

1998    7th        Asian Games (Bangkok)                                                     63.91

1999    1st        Asian Junior Championships (Singapore)                               63.56

2000    5th        World Junior Championships (Santiago de Chile)                    63.43

2001    1st        Asian Junior Championships (Bandar Seri Begawan)               68.08

2001    13th      World University Games (Beijing)                                         66.10

2002    4rd        Asian Championships (Colombo)                                          67.70

2002    9th        Asian Games (Busan)                                                          58.39

2003    3rd        Asian Championships (Manila)                                              69.90

2003    1st        Central Asian Games (Dushanbe)                                          71.20

2003    2nd       Afro-Asian Games (Hyderabad)                                             69.72

2004    NM      Olympic Games (Athens)

2005    q          World Championships (Helsinki)                                              73.38

2005    2nd       Asian Championships (Incheon)                                              71.38

2006    1st        Asian Games (Doha)                                                              74.43

2007    2nd       Asian Championships (Amman)                                              75.70

2007    q          World Championships (Osaka)                                                71.70

2008    11th      Olympic Games (Beijing)                                                       76.54

2009    11th      World Championships (Berlin)                                                 71.69 (75.83 Q)

2009    5th        World Athletics Final (Thessaloniki)                                          77.14              

2009    1st        Asian Championships (Guangzhou)                                          76.92

2010    2nd       Continental Cup (Split)                                                            78.76

2010    1st        Asian Games (Guangzhou)                                                      76.44

2010    2nd         IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge                                         

2011 10th         World Championships (Daegu)                                                 76.58 (76.93 Q)

2011    2nd         IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge                                         

2012    10th      Olympic Games (London)                                                         73.80 (75.91 Q)

2012    5th          IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge                                         

2013    1st        Asian Championships (Pune)                                                     78.32

2013    5th        World Championships (Moscow)                                                78.31

2013    4th          IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge                                           

2014    3rd          IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge

2014    4th         IAAF Continental Cup (Marrakech)                                           77.06

2014    1st        Asian Games (Incheon)                                                           76.82

2015    1st        Asian Championships (Wuhan)                                                 77.68

2015    2nd       World Championships (Beijing)                                                 78.55

2016    1st        Olympic Games (Rio de Janeiro)                                                78.68

2017    1st        Asian Championships (Bhubaneswar)                                         76.69


Prepared by Liudmyla Iakusheva for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2013-2017.