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Athletes add 4 more gold medals to Iran IPC tally

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Iranian Paralympian athlete Marziyeh Sedghi Saghinsara (file photo)

Iran’s Paralympian athletes Marziyeh Sedghi Saghinsara, Ahmad Ojaghlou, Maryam Soltani and Hamed Amiri are awarded a gold medal at the 2016 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

On Tuesday, the 40-year-old Iranian sportswoman vied in the women's shot put F52-55 category competitions at Dubai Police Club Stadium, and snatched the gold medal for the Islamic Republic with a winning throw of 6.53 meters.

Indian shot putter Deepa Malik threw 4.04 meters to pick up the silver medal.

The bronze went to India’s Karam Jyoti, who even did not start.

Iranian Paralympian athlete Ahmad Ojaghlou

Later in the day, Iran’s Ahmad Ojaghlou, 28, took part in the men's 200m T47 final section, and clocked 22.58 seconds to grab the gold medal.

Sandeep Singh Singh from India recorded 22.84 to receive the silver medal, and China’s 26-year-old athlete He Haican settled for the bronze with 23.00 seconds.

In the women’s javelin throw F34 discipline, Iranian pitcher Maryam Soltani claimed the gold medal with her best attempt of 16.21 meters.

Her compatriot Faezeh Kermani won the silver medal with a throw of 13.97 meters, and Thuraya al-Zaabi from the United Arab Emirates earned the bronze with 10.47 meters.

In the men's 400m T12 division, Iranian athlete Arash Khosravi earned the silver medal with his best effort of 57.98 seconds.

Thai contestant Suphachai Songphinit won the gold medal with a winning time record of 55.14 seconds, and Ankur Dhama from India claimed the bronze with 58.45 seconds.

Also on Tuesday, Iran’s Hamed Amiri and Abdolreza Jokar threw 24.10 and 17.37 meters respectively in the men’s javelin throw F53/54 section, and were also awarded a gold and silver medal. Saleh al-Anazi got the bronze medal with a throw of 16.96 meters.

The 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships opened in Dubai, the UAE, on March 6, and will conclude on March 12.

The tournament has brought together about 300 athletes from almost 30 countries, and is ongoing in Dubai Police Club Stadium.

A total of 29 athletes, 23 sportsmen and six sportswomen, represent the Islamic Republic of Iran at the 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships.

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