Sareh Javanmardi says that her faith helped her regain her calm and confidence to win gold medals at the Paralympic Games in Rio.
The Iranian shooter claimed two gold medals at P2 (women’s 10 m air pistol SH1) and P4 (50m pistol mixed SH1) in Rio.
“I was tense and it was not easy to mentally adapt to the situation, particularly since you know that these are the Paralympic Games. Given my successes in the past, everyone expected me to automatically perform well and on top of that, I had my personal ambitions to deal with. When I was not able to show my best performance in the qualification round, I was a bit worried how things would work out,” Javanmardi told Paralympic.org.
“Improving my world records was not my primary concern in Rio,” the shooter said “But I will train even harder and I will improve them in other Championships and the next Paralympic Games. I know it will happen.”
“I did notice that my contenders were under a lot of stress as well and that for them, it was a difficult job to having to beat Sareh Javanmardi,” she said.
“I want to thank my friends and my coach for their help in those difficult situations,” Javanmardi went on to say.