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Iranian athletes claim two golds, win Rio Paralympic Games spots

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Iranian athlete Seyyed Mohsen Hosseinipanah competes in the men's shot put F35 category at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar, on October 25, 2015.

Iranian Paralympian athletes have collected two valuable gold medals at the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Qatar, and secured their places in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Brazil.

On Sunday, Iran’s Seyyed Mohsen Hosseinipanah snatched the gold medal in the men’s F56 shot put category with a winning throw of 14.02 meters at the multi-purpose Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, also known as Qatar SC Stadium, in the Qatari capital city of Doha.

Latvian contestant Edgars Bergs threw 14.00 meters to pick up the silver medal for his Baltic country. The bronze medal went to Russia’s Alexander El'min with 13.87 meters.

Iranian athlete Mohammad Khalvandi competes in the men's javelin throw F57 discipline at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar, on October 24, 2015.


Also in the men's javelin throw F57 discipline, Iran’s 25-year-old pitcher Mohammad Khalvandi claimed the gold medal with his best attempt of 43.76 meters on Saturday.

Syrian athlete Mohamad Mohamad claimed the silver medal with a throw of 41.85 meters, and Claudiney Batista dos Santos from Brazil earned the bronze with 41.70 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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