Four years after winning Iran’s first ever gold medal at athletics at Olympics or Paralympics at London 2012, Peyman Nasiri is aiming for gold in Rio 2016.
Nasiri holds his gold medal on the podium after winning the men's 1500 m T20, clocking 3:58.49 minutes.
The Iranian also won the men’s 1500m T20 silver medal at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships with a time of 3:56.53 in last year’s October in Doha, Qatar.
Gold medal went to Michael Brannigan from USA with 3:56.50 and Alexander Rabotnitskiy of Russia came third with 3:58.23.
“In Qatar, I came second by just .03 seconds but in Paralympics I just want to stand on the podium with the gold medal,” Nasiri told Paralympic.ir.
“Before the 2012 Olympic Games, the Iranian athletes had never won a medal in the event but I could take the gold. I feel I can win a gold medal at the Rio 2016 for the second time,” he added.
“I never think about winning the silver medal. I believe that what you think you become. People expect me to win gold and I am training just for it,” Nasiri stated.
“I want to break my record in Paralympics as well,” he concluded.