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Iran's female shooters claim silver in Gwangju Universiade

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
(From left to right) Iranian female sports shooters Mahlagha Jambozorg, Maryam Talebi and Najmeh Khedmati

Iranian female sports shooters have impressed the audience at the 28th edition of Universiade in South Korea, and collected a silver to improve the Islamic Republic’s medal tally at the international sports event.

On Wednesday, the Iranian squad, consisting of Maryam Talebi, Najmeh Khedmati and Mahlagha Jambozorg, collected 1,740 total points in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions team competitions at the Naju Jeollanamdo Shooting Range in South Korea’s southwestern city of Gwangju to finish runner-up.

Chinese female athletes claimed the gold after earning 1,744 total points, while the South Korean team picked up 1,726 total points to give the host nation a third place.

Meanwhile, the Iranian national female university students’ poomsae team, comprising 22-year-old Bahareh Ghaderian, Fatemeh Ghasemi, 19, and 18-year-old Marjan Salahshouri, garnered 7.40 points at the end of its campaign in the women’s team poomsae competitions at the Chosun University Gymnasium to land in the third spot.

South Korean taekwondo practitioners stole the show and collected 7.50 points to be crowned the champions of the contests. Representatives from Chinese Taipei pocketed 7.47 points to receive the silver medal.

Taekwondo poomsae is a combination of basic actions and movements exercised with imaginary opponents.

The 2015 Summer Universiade opened in Gwangju on July 3, and will run until July 14.

More than 9,000 student athletes and officials from over 170 countries are taking part in the event.

Iranians athletes are vying for medals in artistic gymnastics, soccer, volleyball, taekwondo, shooting, archery, athletics and rowing.

Iranians have so far collected seven medals, including two gold, two silver and three bronze medals.


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