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Zahra Nemati earns gold at Paralympics archery

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Zahra Nemati from Iran claimed the women’s individual recurve open title on Thursday. .
Zahra Nemati from Iran claimed the women’s individual recurve open title on Thursday. .

The 31-year-old, who competed at last month’s Olympic Games and was Iran’s flag-bearer, subsequently defeated South Korea’s Jang Moon Jo, Italy’s Elisabetta Mijno, South Korea’s Hwa Sook Lee and China’s silver medallist Chunyan Wu to claim the gold.

“There was just a feeling that I had that I knew I was going to win today,” Nemati told Paralympic.org.

“That’s why I was very calm and relaxed. I just knew I could do it."

“The energy from the people around me, the spectators, the people who wanted me to win – all this energy affected me and that was what helped me. I’m very happy, I’m so happy. I’m so tired and all this work from the past two, three months has been weighing heavily on my shoulders."

“The people of Brazil have been very kind to me during the Olympics and the Paralympics. They have been really nice and special the way they treated me. All I’ve been trying to do is use this energy, I’ve been getting from them to put it in my sport."

Poland’s Milena Olszewska collected bronze.

Sep 19, 2016 15:07
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