Passages: Heydar Shonjani, Iranian Swimming and Water Polo Olympian, Dies at 74

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Heydar Shonjani, who represented Iran at the Olympics as a swimmer and a water polo, died Sunday. He was 74 years old.

Shonjani was the first Iranian swimmer at the Olympics, participating in the men’s 100-meter freestyle at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He transitioned to a career in water polo, helping Iran to a gold medal in the 1974 Asian Games and a spot in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

News of Shonjani’s death was first reported by the Tehran Times.