IAU Students Shine in Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 14:09

As with the Olympics, students from various branches of the Islamic Azad University have proven their prowess and brought glory and honor to the nation.

Siamand Rahman, student of Islamic Azad University, Urmia branch, and business management student of Shiraz IAU shone at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rahman became the first power-lifter to break the 300kg barrier on his way to the heavyweight gold medal at Rio 2016 and defended his title in the over 107kg class with another phenomenal performance that saw him virtually competing against himself – and the weights – at the Riocentro Pavillion 2.

The 28-year-old world champion, lifted 270kg on his first attempt, just 10kg shy of his gold medal winning lift at London 2012 and then on his second attempt, he lifted 300kg and then upped the record with lifts of 305kg and 310kg and smashed his previous Olympic gold performance.

The 31-year-old sportswoman, Sareh Javanmardi, received a second gold medal in P4 mixed 50-meter pistol SH1 competitions and racked up 189.5 points to claim the top position and finish as champion.

Chinese sports shooter Yang Chao and Oleksii Denysiuk, a contestant from Ukraine, ranked second and third with 186.5 and 160.8 scores respectively.

The 15th edition of Paralympic games officially began in the Brazilian capital on September 18 and Iranian athletes have so far earned 16 medals – six golds, six silvers and four bronzes.


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