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Iran archers book two tickets to 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 female Paralympic archer Zahra Ne'mati

Iranian male and female Paralympic archers have demonstrated awe-inspiring displays at the 2015 World Archery Asian Para Championships in Thailand, and secured three places at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

On Saturday, The 30-year-old Iranian sportswoman Zahra Ne’mati vied at the individual recurve competitions in the Thai capital city of Bangkok on Friday, and picked a gold medal for the Islamic Republic with a total score of 647 points, Islamic Republic of Iran Federation Sports Federation for the Disabled reported.

She later dedicated her medal to her husband Roham Shahabi.

Chinese athlete Lin Dandan notched up 617 points to snatch the silver medal. The bronze went to Ye Jinyan, also a representative from China, who managed to rack up 598.

Also in the men’s W1 compound division, Majid KaKoosh produced impressive performances and the awarded the gold medal.

The 2015 World Archery Asian Para Championships started in Thailand on November 10, and will conclude on November 19.

The Tournament has brought together dozens of male and female Paralympic archers from 15 Asian countries, including China, Chinese Taipei, Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

Earlier on November 8, Ne’mati earned a slot at the 2016 Olympic Games by taking silver in the women’s individual contests of the Asian Archery Championships in Bangkok.

“I do my best to win honors in Olympic and Paralympic Games simultaneously. I am so happy to get this, since I motivate all archers in my country,” she said at the time.

The Asian Archery Championships began in Thailand on November 1 and wrapped up on November 9.


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