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THE WEEK|August 08, 2021
A NURSE WITH THE PRECISION OF A SURGEON WINS IRAN ITS FIRST SHOOTING MEDAL AT THE OLYMPICS—A GOLD
ANIRUDH MADHAVAN

There might not be a perfect recipe to create nerves of steel, but Javad Foroughi has been in the kitchen for most of his life, trying. Sample this: the Iranian shooter was born with a damaged heart, has been in war zones in Syria, is a nurse who spent the pandemic in Covid-19 wards, and contracted and survived the disease himself. So, in a sense, the gold medal in the men’s 10m air pistol was just the garnish.

Growing up, Foroughi couldn’t compete in sports; his heart was not his ally. In his latest tournament before the Olympics, though—the ISSF World Cup in Croatia—Foroughi won the gold medal.

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