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Iranian archer Ne’mati named IPC's Athlete of Month

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Female Iranian Paralympic archer Zahra Ne’mati

Iranian female Paralympic archer Zahra Ne’mati has been named the Allianz Athlete of the Month for November 2015, following her admirable display of talent and aptitude at the recently concluded 2015 World Archery Asian Para Championships in Thailand.

The 30-year-old Iranian sportswoman obtained a resounding 84 percent of the votes. German para-alpine skier Anna-Lena Forster came in second place with seven percent.

Ukrainian judoka Inna Cherniak, Ukraine’s powerlifter Mariana Shevchuk, the Philippines’ Cebuana dance athlete Rhea Marquez and her partner Jun Julius Obero, and American Paralympian athlete Tatyana McFadden garnered 4, 3, 2 and 1 percent of the votes respectively.

On November 14, Ne’mati vied at the individual recurve competitions in the Thai capital city of Bangkok, and picked a gold medal for the Islamic Republic with a total score of 647 points.

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.

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

The tournament 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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