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9/20/04

Iran's Nour-Afshan wins Paralympic discus gold

Tehran, Sept 20, IRNA -- Mokhtar Nour-Afshan of Iran took the coveted gold in the discus of the 12th Paralympic Games in Athens, capital of Greece, Sunday.

He overpowered his rivals in F54 class to added a glittering gold to Iran's two-bronze asset.

Earlier in the day, judoka Hani Asakereh and shot putter Mehrdad Karamzadeh ranked third.

The 73 kg judoka Asakereh took Iran's first medal.

Asakereh won the bronze by defeating Matthias Kreiger from Germany by an ippon.

The Iranian opened his fights with a victory over his opponent from Argentina. He was put in the losers group following a loss to a US judoka and defeated a Russian representative to set up the bronze clash against the German.

Wang Yunfeng of China became the new champion in the category after his triumph over experienced Brazilian Eduardo Amaral in the final Sunday afternoon.

He had already beaten Sydney gold medalist Stephen Moore of the United States in a dramatic match.

Moore finally earned a place on the podium by overcoming Ukraine's Sergiy Sydorenko in the third-place fight.

The competition in the 73 kg weight category was very tough as expected from early Sunday when Paralympic judo champion Simon Jackson of Britain was eliminated in the first round in a shocking defeat by Sydorenko.

In the F42 shot put, Karamzadeh snatched the bronze medal.

He finished third with a 12.9m record, giving Iran the second bronze in the prestigious event.

Nour-Afshan may be stripped of Paralympic discus gold

Athens, Sept 20, IRNA -- Mokhtar Nour-Afshan, who won the sole gold of Iran in the discus of the 12th Paralympic Games here Sunday, may be stripped of his medal, said the country's athletics head Monday.

Ali-Asghar Hadizadeh added some countries including the host Greece have announced their opposition to the thrower's motor abilities.

"The organizing committee has yet to announce its decision," said the official, adding that Nour-Afshan's medal will be most likely taken back and the athlete will be categorized in a higher class.

Nour-Afshan overpowered his rivals in F54 class to add a glittering gold to Iran's two-bronze asset.

Earlier in the day, judoka Hani Asakereh and shot putter Mehrdad Karamzadeh ranked third.

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