Iranian athletes kept up the momentum on the seventh day of the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, to keep the country’s place in third of the overall table.
Iran’s golden boy Shahin Izadyar took his personal tally to six golds in the para swimming competitions after he clocked 01:09.23 to claim the top spot at the men's 100m backstroke S10 discipline.
In para powerlifting, Iranian duo Siamand Rahman and Seyyed Hamed Solhipour collected two gold medals in the men’s +107kg and 97kg weight classes respectively, and in doing so, shattered the Games record.
It was little surprise when Iranian sensation Rahman – the world-record holder and a double Paralympics gold medalist – overcame 295kg to set a new record of the event.
A 234kg lift for Solhipour also meant that the Iranian bettered the Asian record by one kilogram.
An emphatic 8-3 victory over China in the final clinched the gold medal for Iran’s men’s team, while in the women’s contest Iran overcame Thailand 4-3 to take the bronze.
In Chess, Iran’s three-a-side team comprising Fatemeh Barqoul, Fariba Zendehboudi and Atefeh Naqavi claimed its second gold of the Games with a top-spot finfish at the women's team rapid VI B2/B3 contests.
It was the same scenario as on the previous days of the para athletics competitions for Iran as the country’s athletes 16 medals.
Elnaz Darabian (women's discus throw F51/52/53), Saman Pakbaz (men's discus throw F12), Peyman Nasiri (men's 1500m T20), Eshrat Kordestani (women's shot put F56/57) and Hamed Amiri (men's javelin throw F53/54) added five more golds to Iran’s tally.
A total of 31 medals on Friday reaffirmed Iran’s place in third of the overall table with 135 medals (50 golds).
Iran is going neck and neck with South Korea which sits second with the same number of medals and golds except that it has claimed one more silver (43) than Iran.