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Iran's track-and-field team shining in Deaflympic

Melbourne, Jan 12, IRNA -- Iran's track-and-field team is shining in the 20th Deaflympic Games underway here.

Omid Saeidi got off to an impressive start last Thursday when he took the country's first gold medal in the 10,000m.

Saeidi, who reached the finish line in 31:33.90 minutes, was followed by Vladislav Yakubovskiy and and Alexandre Sougoniaev, both from the Russian Federation, who clocked 31:39:28 and 31:42.06 respectively.

On Saturday, Hassan Afshari handed Iran the second medal, bagging a bronze in 1,500m.

The runner ranked third with a 3:59.84min record on track of Olympic Park.

Raphael Novak from Poland grabbed the coveted gold, clocking 3:58.61 and the silver was taken by Spain's Javier, who registered a 3:59.40 record.

Afshari added a silver medal to Iran's collection after he stood second in the 3,000m hurdles Tuesday.

The Iranian passed the finish line after 9:28.92mins, finishing runner-up to Novak, who clocked 9:16.56.

The bronze medal went to Edwin Chumba, who set a 9:29.63 record.

Iran hunted a silver Wednesday as Saeidi was thrown on the track to compete in the 5,000m.

In a cutthroat competition with 11 rivals, Saeidi hotfooted it to grab the silver with a 9:09.15min time.

The Polish phenom Novak stole the show as he clocked 9:06.15 and Chumba bagged the bronze medal with a 10:09.15 record.

Later in the day, Iran took two more colorful medals.

Habibollah Kia of Iran outclassed his opponents in the triple jump, winning the second gold medal for Iran. The Iranian athlete set a record of 14.55m in Melbourne's Olympic Park.

Mohammad-Hadi Salehi of Iran ranked third in the high jump as he cleared 1.96m, winning the bronze medal.

... Payvand News - 1/12/05 ... --

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