Para athletes improve Iran’s tally of medals

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sep. 13 (MNA) – Iranian representatives at the fifteenth Summer Paralympic Games in Brazil have scooped several more medals including two golds.

Competing against nine rivals in Pavilion 2 of Riocentro, Iran's Majid Farzin won gold of Men's 80kg of powerlifting at Rio.

Farzin lifted 230 kilograms in his first attempt to out power all other participants with distinction as well as to set a new Paralympic record. Later, he requested 235 kilograms for his second trial to once more improve his own record. Aspiring and powerful Majid Farzin of Iran overcame the 240-kilogram weight in his third attempt to break both Paralympics and world records. Despite lifting the 244kg weight with a great deal of difficulty in his fourth trial, the move received red lights by judges and Farzin came out first in Men's 80kg of powerlifting competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 12, 2016.

The Iranian powerlifter was followed by Xiaofei Gu (228kg) of China and Uzbekistan’s Akhror Bozorov (207kg) who won silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Two Iranian athletes also managed to snatch medals this time in Men's Javelin Throw - F56/57 Final. Held in Olympic Stadium of Rio, Mohammad Khalvandi threw the javelin for six times meanwhile breaking the world record for three times. Offering the best performance in his sixth attempt, Khalvandi managed a distance of 46.12 meters to stand on top of the podium.

Khalvandi was followed by his compatriot Mohammad Heidari who threw the javelin for 43.77 meters in order to win the silver medal in addition to improving his second record. Ngoc Hung Cao of Vietnam, however, finished third in the same category by a result of 43.27 meters.

The gold medal event of Mixed Team Recurve Open was competed between Iran and China with the Persian side landing second. The Iranian team, comprising Ebrahim Ranjbar and Zahra Nemati, failed to overcome Lixue Zhao and Chunyan Wu of China in the finals and conceded a 3-5 defeat to win one more silver medal for the Iranian outfit.

Iranian shot putter Sajjad Mohammadian also stood on the second podium in Men's Shot Put - F42 Final after managing a distance of 14.12 meters. Britain’s Aled Davies claimed the tile in the same division with a new Paralympic record of 15.97 meters while the bronze medal was attained by Tyrone Pillay of South Africa after his best attempt of 13.91 meters.

Overall, the Iranian Paralympic squad, also called Mina delegation, have so far clinched eight medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, including three gold and five silver.

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