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Rio 2016 Paralympics: Iran's Sareh Javanmardi Dodmani wins historic gold at women shooting event

Source: Tehran Times

There was an historic gold for Iran's Sareh Javamardi Dodmani and a convincing win for China's Chao Yang on the second day of competition at the Olympic Shooting Centre in Deodoro.

Sareh Javamardi Dodmani
first Iranian female gold medalist at Paralympics

Javanmardi made history by becoming Iran's first ever female gold medallist in shooting para-sport winning the P2 (women's 10m air pistol SH1) event. Olga Kovalchuk of Ukraine secured silver and Turkey's Aysegul Pehlivanlar collected bronze on debut.

"I am very happy that I could get the very first quota for the Islamic Republic of Iran and the very first gold medal for my delegation," said Javanmardi Dodmani.

Poised from the get-go, Javanmardidodmani was in control from start to finish scoring a total of 193.4. Kovalchuk (191.2) wasn't far behind nor was Pehlivanlar, who finished with 172.3 points.

Improving on her bronze medal from London, Javanmardi was overjoyed with her historical achievements four years on, wrote.

"I have done all that I can do to tell my people that disability has no limitations," she said. "I can say these words confidently to the people of my country after winning here today."

Javanmardi's triumph in Rio adds to her remarkable P2 repertoire as the Paralympic, world and Asian Games champion, as well the qualification and finals world record holder.

"I will do my best to improve my records in future competitions and make the people of my country happy," she added.

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