London 2012: Amin Nikfar, Shot Put, Iran

Bay Area native and Cal alumnus Amin Nikfar is headed to London to represent Iran in this summer's Olympic Games. In the YouTube video above, he demonstrates proper shotputting technique and likens the arm's motion to swinging a baseball bat, which achieves a "whip action." The special bonus in the video is his very own victory dance. Although he grew up in Santa Clara and speaks very little Farsi, he's been able to find a niche with the Iranian team because, as he says, "Sports bring people together even if they don't speak the same language." After the jump, let's check out how Nikfar has represented his parents, Iran, and Cal.

Nikfar qualified for the Iranian team last year in Toronto:

His bio from Cal Athletics describes many other achievements:

While a student-athlete for the Bears, Nikfar finished 21st at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships with a mark of 57-01.50 mark (17.41m). His toss of 61-7.75 at the 2003 NCAA West Regional inked his name onto Cal's all-time list with the fifth-best mark all-time. In 2004, he would improve his collegiate-best mark to 61-11.00, which still stands fifth on Cal's all-time list. He also finished 21st at the 2004 NCAA Championships (58-2.5).
Nikfar, currently a volunteer coach for the Northern Arizona University track and field team, won the shot put competition in Tehran, Iran, in 2004 for the Iranian National team at the first Asian Indoor Track & Field Championships with a throw of 18.33-meters. He also won the shot put competition at the 2003 Iranian National Championships.

Tweet your support for this Golden Bear @AminNikfar!

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