Female Iranian wushu fighter Zahra Kiani has won a silver medal in the women’s Qiangshu final of the 19th edition of the Asian Games in China.
On Wednesday, the 25-year-old athlete competed in the women’s Qiangshu final at the Xiaoshan Guali Sports Center in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, and finished as the runner-up.
Lai Xiaoxiao of China was top-ranked and won the gold medal, while the bronze went to Vietnamese sportswoman Duong Thuy Vi.
Qiangshu (or Qiang Shu) is a Wushu taolu (or form) where the participant uses a spear as the main element of the routine.
The 19th edition of the Asian Games, delayed a year due to China’s measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, is the country’s biggest sporting event in more than a decade in several metrics, with approximately 12,000 athletes from 45 nations competing in 40 sports.
The Games are underway in 56 venues, out of which 12 have been newly built.
A record high of nearly 12,500 athletes from 45 countries and territories compete across 40 sports in the Asian Games.
Iran has sent 289 male and female athletes to the Games in 34 sports events.