1150 GMT April 03, 2020
Iranian athletes snatched more medals on the second day of the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, taking the country’s tally to more than 20 – including eight golds.
Iranian para shooting sensation Sareh Javanmardi – a triple Paralympics medalist, including double golds in Rio 2016 – claimed the gold at P4 mixed 50m free pistol SH1 contests.
Roqayeh Shojaei struck Iran’s second shooting gold of the day after finishing first at the R2 women's 10m air rifle standing SH1 discipline.
In para swimming, Shahin Izadyar – having collected Iran’s first gold in the event – took his personal tally to two as he won the men's 100m freestyle S10 gold with the best time of 00:57.15 in the final race.
The best result of the day for Iran came in para athletics where the country’s athletes won ten medals.
Ozra Mahdavikia won the women's 1500m T12/13 gold, clocking 00:05:16.65 in the final while in the field events, Younes Seifipour claimed the top spot at the men's club throw F32 contests with the best throw of 30.16m.
In the men's discus throw F54/55/56 contests, all three medals went to Iranians as Alireza Qal’eh Nasseri (44.75m), Ali Mohammadyari (41.83m) and Jalil Baqeri (37.14m) claimed the top-three places respectively.
Vahid Ali-Najimi grabbed Iran’s last gold of the night by winning the men’s 200m T12 final race.
Additionally, Behzad Azizi (men's javelin throw F12/13) and Seyyed Ali-Asghar Javanmardi (men's shot put F35) added two silvers to Iran’s account and Ali Omidi (men's javelin throw F42-44/61-64), Seyyed Erfan Hosseini (men's javelin throw F12/13) and Zahra Bornaki (men's javelin throw F12/13) settled for three bronzes.
In para powerlifting, Amir Jafari scooped the gold in the men’s 59kg category with the best attempt of 183kg, followed by Seyyed Yousef Yousefi who lifted 175kg for the silver.
Elsewhere in the Games, Seyyed Meysam Banitaba and Reza Gholami clinched two judo bronzes in the men’s 60kg and 66kg weight classes respectively, with Hassan Janfeshan also wining a third-place medal at the men’s singles TT2 division of the table tennis competitions.
Iran sits fifth in the overall medals table while following China, South Korea, Uzbekistan and Japan in the first four spots respectively.
Some 3,000 athletes from 43 countries compete for 546 gold medals in 18 sports at the third edition of the multi-sport event until October 13.