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Morteza Mehrzadselakjani, the tallest Paralympian in history, helps Iran win sitting volleyball gold at the Tokyo Paralympics

The tallest Paralympian in historical past and the joint-second tallest man in the world, Mehrzadselakjani, higher generally known as Mehrzad, helped Iran efficiently defend its Paralympic title on Saturday with a 3-1 (25-21 25-14 19-25 25-17) victory in opposition to the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC).

Having now received seven gold medals since 1988, the victory additional cements Iran’s dominant standing in the occasion.

Mehrzad, who was additionally a part of the victorious crew at the Rio Paralympics 5 years in the past, recorded 25 spikes, two blocks and an ace in the closing in opposition to the RPC — the solely crew over the course of the event to take a set off Iran.

He led the scoring with 28 factors for Iran, whereas teammate Meisam Ali Pour contributed 17 and Viktor Milenin scored 30 for the RPC.

The Iranian team celebrates successfully defending its sitting volleyball title at the Paralympics.

The 33-year-old Mehrzad began enjoying sitting volleyball for the nationwide crew six months earlier than the Rio Games and acknowledged earlier than the closing how the sport has modified his life.

“Before beginning to play sitting volleyball, I used to be sitting at house as a result of I used to be ashamed of my peak,” he informed reporters after Iran’s semifinal victory in opposition to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“After I used to be on a TV program, the sitting volley program requested me to affix and it was like magic. It modified my life so much.”

Sitting on the flooring along with his arms raised, Mehrzad reaches a peak of over six ft, making him a useful asset on the volleyball courtroom.

However, he admitted that he feels uncomfortable receiving a lot of the highlight in comparison with his teammates.

“It may be very tough for me,” mentioned Mehrzad, who was recognized with acromegaly at a younger age — a situation inflicting extra progress hormone. As an adolescent, a pelvis fracture attributable to a bicycle accident stopped his proper leg from rising, making it shorter than his left and making it tough to stroll.

“I’m simply taller than the different members of the crew, however all of the crew is essential, they every play their position in the finest manner,” he added.

“I’m only a (crew) member, I additionally attempt to play in the finest manner … Yes, my bodily scenario is essential for sitting volleyball. I’m simply utilizing my potential.”

Mehrzad competes at the net against the RPC's Viktor Milenin during the men's sitting volleyball final.

Iran defeated Germany, Brazil, China and Bosnia and Herzegovina in Tokyo earlier than going through the RPC in the closing.

Its fifth victory of the competitors signifies that Iran has received seven golds and two silvers in sitting volleyball in the previous 9 Paralympic Games.

“Before coming to this match, I used to be in a position to speak to my spouse, my son and my daughter and informed them that they need to not fear an excessive amount of,” said Iran setter and captain Davoud Alipourian.

“I informed them to only belief that we are going to get the gold medal immediately as a result of no different crew deserves it extra.”

With the RPC taking silver, Bosnia and Herzegovina — which claimed males’s sitting volleyball gold at the 2004 and 2012 Games — received bronze with victory in opposition to Brazil.

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