Iran Wins Four More Gold Medals at IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iranian athletes claimed four more gold medals on day two of the 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships on Tuesday.
Iran’s Ahmad Ojaghlou (T46) looked in strong form as he sped home to take the title in the men’s 200mT47, clocking 22.58.
Hamed Amiri (F54) enjoyed a convincing win in the men’s javelin F53/54 – although he wasn’t satisfied with his throws. A best of 24.10m in the final round meant gold for the former strongman but his mind was on qualification for the Paralympic Games in Brazil in six months’ time.
“I’m not satisfied - I have thrown much further before,” he said.
“I am happy to get a gold but I am disappointed not to make a bigger throw. I wanted to reach my qualifying for Rio 2016 but I still hope God willing that I can do this – I will try my best and wish luck for myself and my country.”
Iran also secured the top two spots in the women’s javelin F34 as Maryam Soltani took gold with a second round best of 16.21m. Her compatriot Faezeh Kermani finished over two meters behind for silver.
World finalist Marziyeh Sedghi Saghinsara (F54) of Iran clinched gold in the women’s shot put F52-55, throwing a best of 6.53m (833 points).
In the first day of the competition, Hashemiyeh Motaghian Moavi (F56) won the gold medal with victory in the women’s javelin F55/56 (690 points).
Iran notched up a second gold medal on day one as Seyed Aliasghar Javanmardi (F35) won the men’s shot put F35/36 with a best of 13.21m (865 points).
More than 220 athletes from 24 countries are participating in the first ever IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships which takes place until 12 March at the Police Officer’s Club Stadium in Dubai, the UAE.