Nemati wins 3rd consecutive gold in Paralympics

TEHRAN, Sep. 02 (MNA) – Prominent archer Zahra Nemati of Iran defended her status in Tokyo as the gold winner of 2012 London and 2016 Rio.

In women’s individual recurve open on Thursday, Nemati defeated Italy’s Vincenza Petrilli 6-5 in the final to win the gold medal.

The bronze medal went to China's Chunyan Wu who overpowered Dorothea Poimenidou of Greece 6-2 in the third-place encounter. 

This is the third gold medal of 36-year-old Nemati in the history of the Paralympics. She had brought home gold medals of recurve W1/W2 in the last two Paralympics editions in Rio and London.

This makes her one of the most decorated para-athletes of Iran.

“I am so happy,” she said after winning the title, also expressing thanks to her coaches. “This was a historic moment. I was the only athlete to carry the flag a delegation in both Paralympics and Olympics; and now, we made history once again and I am the only athlete in the history of archery to achieve a hat-trick in winning gold medals of Paralympics.”

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