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Female Iranian shooter named IPC’s Athlete of Month

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 Paralympic shooter Sareh Javanmardidodmani poses with her gold medal of the P4 mixed 50-meter pistol SH1 competitions of the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 14, 2016.

Iranian Paralympic shooter Sareh Javanmardidodmani’s sparkling performances at the fifteenth edition of the Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has earned her the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Allianz Athlete of the Month title for September 2016.

The 31-year-old sportswoman managed to obtain 41 percent of the public votes in a close race with Italian wheelchair fencer Beatrice Vio, who ranked second with 38 percent.

American triathlete Grace Norman, 18, came third with 19 percent of the votes.

New Zealand para-swimmer Sophie Frances Pascoe, 37-year-old Nigerian professional powerlifter Josephine Orji and 18-year-old Li Zhang of China were the other nominees in the contest for the IPC Athlete of the Month award.

Last week, Iran’s heavyweight powerlifting champion Siamand Rahman garnered 64 percent of the votes, and was named the Best Male Athlete of September.

On September 14, Javanmardidodmani participated in the P4 mixed 50-meter pistol SH1 competitions of the 2016 Paralympics at the Olympic Shooting Center in the western Rio neighborhood of Deodoro.  

She racked up 189.5 points to claim the top position and finish as champion.

Chinese sports shooter Yang Chao, 37, accumulated 186.5 points to clinch the silver medal. Oleksii Denysiuk, a representative from Ukraine, scooped the bronze with 160.8 points.

The Iranian Paralympic shooter had earlier scored 193.4 points in the P2 10m air pistol shooting event of the Rio 2016 Paralympics on September 9, and finished first to win the gold medal.

Her Ukrainian opponent Olga Kovalchu earned 191.2 points to land in the second spot and collect the silver medal.

Turkish female athlete Aysegul Pehlivanlar collected 172.3 points altogether and received the bronze.

The shooting competitions at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games started on September 8, and finished on September 14.


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