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Iran clinches another spot at 2016 Rio Paralympics

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)
Iranian athlete Saman Pakbaz competes at the men's shot put F12 category at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar, on October 22, 2015.

Iran’s Paralympian athlete Saman Pakbaz has exhibited awe-inspiring displays at the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Qatar, and earned a ticket to the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Iranian sportsman vied in the men's shot put F12 category competitions at the  the multi-purpose Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, also known as Qatar SC Stadium, in the Qatari capital city of Doha, on Thursday, and picked a silver medal for the Islamic Republic with a winning throw of 15.19 meters.

Ukrainian shot putter Roman Danyliuk exhibited awe-inspiring displays at the sporting event, and threw 16.64 meters to snatch the gold medal.

The bronze went to Spain’s Kim Lopez Gonzalez with a winning throw of 15.03 meters in his final attempt.

Iranian pitcher Mohsen Kaedi (file photo)


In the men's javelin throw F34 division, Iranian pitcher Mohsen Kaedi earned the bronze medal with his best effort of 32.26 meters.

Chinese athlete Yanzhang Wang won the gold medal with a winning throw of 38.05 meters, and Mauricio Valencia from Colombia claimed the silver with 34.38 meters.

The 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships opened in Doha, Qatar, on October 21, and will wrap up on October 31.

The tournament has brought together around 1,300 athletes from 90 countries, and is underway in the 15,000-seater Suhaim Bin Hamam Stadium.

It is one of the last major competitions ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

A total of 19 athletes represent the Islamic Republic of Iran at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships.

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