Iranian swimmer Shahin Izadyar opened the account for his country at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, winning a gold medal on the first day of the event.
The 25-year-old – representing Iran in the men’s 100m butterfly S10 competitions – clocked 01:07.12 minutes in the final contest to finish first.
Malaysian Dawan Fraidden and Dmitriy Li of Kazakhstan settled for the silver and bronze respectively.
“The discipline was not among my specialties, so it makes it more special to win the gold,” Izadyar said following his triumph.
“I’m so glad to have started with a gold in the Games and I hope to extend it to six golds and boost Iran’s place in the table,” the Iranian added.
Some 3,000 athletes from 43 countries will compete for 546 gold medals in 18 sports at the third edition of the multi-sport event until October 13.