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Iran scoops five medals in 2017 Asian Rowing Championships

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Female Iranian rower Nazanin Molaei (file photo)

Iranian sportsmen and women have exhibited admirable athletic skills at the 2017 Asian Rowing Championships in Thailand, and been awarded five medals, including three gold ones, in the continental event.

Female Iranian rower Nazanin Molaei took part in the finals of women’s lightweight single sculls competitions in the eastern city of Pattaya, located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of the capital Bangkok, on Thursday, and set the time of 7 minutes and 18.71 seconds to be crowned as the champion and receive the gold medals.

Rowers from Hong Kong and South Korea finished in the second and third spots respectively.

In the men’s heavyweight single sculls section, Khashayar Abbasabadi stood on the third podium, and followed contestants from South Korea and Kazakhstan, who snatched the silver and gold medal.

The Iranian pair of Nazanin Rahmani and Maryam Omidiparsa also snatched a gold medal in the women’s lightweight double sculls event. Chinese rowers claimed the second spot, and South Korean athletes stood third.

Seyyed Masoud Mohammadi and Bahman Nasiri finished as the vice champion in the men’s heavyweight double sculls event. South Korean sportsmen picked the gold. Rowers from the host nation had to settle for the bronze.

In the women’s heavyweight double sculls contests, the Iranian pair of Mahsa Javar and Parisa Ahmadi bested their South Korean and Thai counterparts, and clinched the gold medal.

The 2017 Asian Rowing Championships started in Thailand on September 4 and will finish on September 8.

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