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Afrooz adds to Iran's gold medal tally in Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Iranian pitcher Saeid Afrooz rejoices after finishing first at the end of the men's javelin throw F34 division contests of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Japan, on September 1, 2021. (Photo by IRNA)

Iranian pitcher Saeid Afrooz has collected a gold medal the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan, raising the country’s medal tally at the multinational sports event.

The 30-year-old athlete took part in the men's javelin throw F34 contests at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on Wednesday morning, and attained the top position with his best effort of 40.05 meters.

Afrooz also shattered the men's F34 category world record with his stunning performance in the Paralympics.

Mauricio Valencia, a representative from Colombia, earned the silver medal with a throw of 37.84 meters. His compatriot Diego Fernando Meneses Medina struck the bronze with 37.11 meters.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has received a total of 15 medals – eight golds, six silvers and one bronze – at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, and stays put in the 12th place of the tournament.

China leads the standings with 136 medals, among them 64 gold ones.

It is followed by Great Britain in the second slot with 82 medals, including 29 golds.

Russian athletes have won 26 golds and 78 medals in total to rank third.

The 2020 Summer Paralympics, branded as Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, opened on August 24, and will wrap up on September 5.

Iranians athletes are reportedly competing for medals in judo, rowing, taekwondo, wheelchair basketball, cycling, sitting volleyball, athletics, archery, shooting and weightlifting.


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