Paralympics: Zahra Nemati wins third consecutive gold in women's individual open recurve

Thursday, 2021-09-02 22:34:13
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Zahra Nemati of Team Iran celebrates winning her third straight title in the event. (Photo: Getty Images)
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It's a golden treble for Iranian archer Zahra Nemati as she claimed gold in the women's individual open recurve at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, her third consecutive title after winning at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

The 36-year-old archer dominated the field and beat Italy's Vinzenza Petrilli 6-5 in a match that was beset by drizzling rain at Yumenoshima Archery Park. Nemati was the first woman from her nation to win gold and participate in both the Olympics and Paralympic Games. This is the first gold medal for Iran in archery at Tokyo 2020.

Table tennis

China dominated all their team events during the table tennis gold medal matches at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

Veteran player Feng Panfeng led the men's team 4-5 classes along with teammate Zhai Xiang to beat Germany's Thomas Schmidberger and Thomas Bruechle for gold. This is Panfeng's second gold at Tokyo 2020 after winning in another team class (3), and his seventh gold medal at the Paralympic Games.

In addition, China racked up four additional gold medals in the men’s class 3, men’s class 8, women’s class 1-3 and women’s class 6-8 events.

Athletics

Australia's Vanessa Low leaped to gold with a jump of 5.28m to break her own world record in the long jump T63 by 20cm.

Swiss champ Marcel Hug remains unstoppable as zoomed past the finish line to claim a gold medal - his third at the Games - in the T54 800m race. Hug will compete in the men's marathon on the last day of the Games 5 September.

The other gold medal winners in the evening session of athletics were Athanasios Ghavelas (Greece) – men’s 100m T11, Paeyo Pongsakorn (Thailand) –men’s 800m T53, Jeremy Campbell (USA) – men’s discus throw F64, Khusniddin Norbekov (Uzbekistan) - men's shot put F35, Daniel Pembroke (Great Britain) – men’s javelin throw F13, Omara Durand Elias (Cuba) – women’s 100m T12, Catherine Debrunner (Switzerland) – women’s 400m T53, Manuela Schaer (Switzerland)- women’s 400m T54, and Asmahane Boudjadar (Algeria) – women’s shot put F33.

Taekwondo

Peru’s Leonor Espinoza Carranza challenges Ziyodakhon Iskaova of Team Uzbekistan in the women’s 44-49kg semifinal on day 9 of Tokyo 2020. (Photo: Getty Images)

Peru’s Leonor Espinoza Carranza recorded an historic victory as the first athlete to win gold in Para taekwondo when it made its Paralympic debut on Day 9 at Tokyo 2020.

The 23-year-old also sealed a first medal for her country at the Games in a sensational victory over two-time European champion Meryem Cavdar from Turkey in the women's K44-49kg.

In an other dramatic men’s final, Brazil’s Nathan Sodario Torquato won the gold medal in the K44-61kg after the referee stopped the contest in the first round. The 20-year-old had been competing against Egypt’s Mohamed Elzayat, 20, who claimed the silver.

Top 15 on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic medal count as of 10.30pm on September 2.

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