Monday , 18 October 2021

Iran strikes gold at Paralympics

Al-Monitor – Iran is winning medals at the Paralympics. Amir Khosravani won gold on Monday in the men’s long jump at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Khosravani jumped 7.21 meters (23.66 feet) in the event, which consists of athletes running and then jumping forward into a sandpit, according to the semi-official Tasnim News Agency.

Iran's Amir Khosravani competes in the men's long jump (T12) final during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the National Stadium in Tokyo on Aug. 30, 2021.

The Paralympics occur alongside the Olympic Games and are for athletes with disabilities. As of Sunday, Iran led Middle Eastern states with 11 medals, followed by Israel with seven and Jordan with four. Overall, Iran ranked 12th in medal count. China was on top with 119 medals.

Iranian athletes have won in several categories. Mohammad Reza Kheirollahzadeh won a gold medal in the +100 kilograms men’s judo competition on Sunday. Iranian athletes have also won medals in powerlifting.

The world-renowned Iranian archer Zahra Nemati is also seeking her third gold in the women’s individual recurve event, having won at the 2012 and 2016 games. Recurve is a type of bow used to shoot a target. Nemati will shoot on Thursday.

The Paralympics will conclude on Sept. 5.