Nation: Islamic Republic of Iran
DOB: February 20, 1987
Career Highlights: Taghavi is the defending world champion, having captured the gold medal in 2011 to go with the title he won in 2009. He also
won the Asian championships in March for the second time and finished second at the Asian Games in 2010. This will be his
second Olympics, having finished 11th in Beijing in 2008. Taghavi was also an accomplished junior wrestler, winning the world
championship twice before moving up to the senior level.
Olympic History: 2008