Farzad Tarash Farzad Tarash

Olympic Information

    Debut

Recent Performances

  • 1st (U/66kg) - 2012 Australian Championships (Perth, Australia)
  • 2nd (U/66kg) - 2012 African and Oceania Olympic Games Qualifier Phase 2 (Marrakech, Morroco)
  • 1st (U/66kg) - 2011 Oceania Championships (Sydney, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Qualifying for my debut Olympic Games in London
  • Making the 2006 World Championships in Guangzhou, China and finishing the year 10th in the world rankings
  • Becoming the 2011 Oceania Champion

Interesting Facts

  • Farzad Tarash was born in Iran and moved to Australia when he was 12 in 1998 with his family. His father Parviz was a national champion in his native country where wrestling is the national sport, and both Farzad and younger brother Mehrdad followed in the father's footsteps by taking up the sport.
  • Winning his first Australian title in 2005, Tarash has defended his crown every year since to be recognised as one of Australia's best.
  • Tarash was Australia's only wrestler to qualify a quota spot for Australia to London after qualifying through the African and Oceania Qualifying Tournament. Needing to place in the top two to qualify Australia a position in the Olympics in the event, he claimed victory in the semi-final over local favourite Bentlea Oulad of Morocco to reach to the final bout where he won the silver medal.
  • He had to withstand a late challenge for the position from Matt D'Aquino, who also just missed out qualifying for Australia in the taekwondo. The two fought off at the 2012 Australian Championships where Tarash continued his dominance in his weight division to qualify for his first Olympic Games.
  • Tarash has been training with his brother Mehrdad in the lead up to London. Mehrdad missed out for a spot on the Olympic Team but is keen to work as his brother's training partner to push him to Olympic glory and add to Australia's one silver and two bronze medals in the sport. Tarash has now taken up a role as a trainer at Kaizan Fitness in Melbourne where he hopes to train Australia's next wrestling stars.

Sport

Years on national team

7

Coach

Sam Parker (1999 - current)
Mehrdad Tarash (2012 - current)

Primary Training Base

Melbourne, Australia

Club

Kaizen Fitness (VIC, Australia)

Education

Primary

St Margarets Maribyrnong (VIC, Australia)

Secondary

Maribyrnong College (VIC, Australia)

Tertiary

Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Biomedical Science) - RMIT (2005 - 2008)

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