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Iran wins three gold, five silver, and one bronze in World Transplant Games

The curtain was brought down on the 14th World Transplant Games ( in Nancy, northeastern France, Saturday, IRNA reported.

During the six-day event, 1,800 special male athletes from 56 countries competed in 12 men's and women's sporting fields.

Iran had nine representatives in swimming, badminton, track-and-field, table tennis, bowling, and shooting, winning three gold, five silver, and one bronze medals.

On Wednesday, Iran bagged its first gold as swimmer Amir-Hossein Talebi stood top.

Talebi won the glittering gold in 25m freestyle swimming event of 9-11 age group.

Heading the Iranian athletes, Seyed Baqer Fatemi-Nassab told IRNA Talebi won the Asian gold in the 2002 competitions.

He added Hamed Sadafi winning 172 points grabbed the silver medal of bowling event for 15-17 age group.

On Thursday, Iran snatched a silver medal in the table tennis doubles.

Iranian duo Mahmoud Sarhaddi and Nader Mahmoudzadeh managed to beat Turkey, France, and two teams from Hungary, finishing runner-up, Head Seyed Baqer Fatemi told IRNA.

In final, Germany crushed Iran 3-0 and grabbed the coveted gold, Fatemi added.

The table tennis teams of all 56 participating countries competed in doubles event, he said, adding that this is the first time Iran's special athletes succeeded in bagging a silver in table tennis competitions.

On Friday, Iran snatched two gold, three silver, and one bronze medals.

Amir-Hossein Talebi took a gold medal in bowling for 9-11 age group and Hamed Sadafi representing the country in 15-17 ages bowling won a silver.

In 30-39 age group, Manouchehr Narimani finished fourth in bowling event.

Sadafi added another glittering gold to Iran's asset as he stood top in the shot put.

According to Fatemi-Nassab, Mohammad-Hadi Khoshnoudi took the shot put silver of the 18-29 age group and his teammate Mohammad-Sadeq Darvish took the bronze.

In 100m running race of 15- to 17-year-olds, Sadafi grabbed the silver medal and Talebi stood fourth in 80m contest of this age group.

Competing in bowling, Darvish ranked fourth and Khoshnoudi finished fifth.

The world event started in Nancy Monday.

Fatemi said the 17th World Transplant Games are held in Canada in 2005.

He added the flags of participating teams were submitted to the Canadian representatives in the closing ceremony of the 14th event.

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