Iran contested all three team gold medal finals on the last day in Beijing, and the women’s compound open match between Iran and China, the first and second seeds, was spectacular.
China opened with a 59 to take a four point lead. But Iran then found their mark, and reeled off ends of 59, 57, and 58 to win by six points.
Incredibly, Iran beat China 229-223 and won the gold medal.
It was Iran’s second gold medal in the competition after Zahra Nemati claimed a gold medal in women’s recurve on Saturday.
“This gold medal shows how much we are dedicated to our country and how much we love our country,” Iran's Somayeh Abbaspour told worldarchery.org. “This was a dream for me and of course any athlete who wishes to win gold. It’s amazing.”
“The goal was to win a gold medal and we did. China was shooting well, but we kept shooting well too. Thank god everything was perfect and my teammates shot well. Thank god we won!”