DUSHANBE, May 13, 2011, Asia-Plus -- Hammer thrower Dilshod Nazarov is the first among Tajik athletes to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games, finishing third at the IAAF World Challenge: Seiko Golden Grand Prix Kawasaki, Japan on May 8, Shirinjon Mamadsafoyev, Secretary General of Tajikistan’s National Olympic Committee (NOC), said.

According to him, Dilshod Nazarov is currently being trained in the Czech Republic for the international tournament that will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 26.     

 Dilshod Nazarov is a Tajik athlete who specializes in the hammer throw. He has represented his country at the Olympic Games on two occasions (in 2004 and 2008). He has also competed at the World Championships in Athletics, but has been most successful at regional competitions: he won medals at four consecutive Asian Athletics Championships and was the hammer champion at the 2006 Asian Games. He won his first global medal (a silver) in 2010 at the IAAF Continental Cup.