Iranian weight throwers bag gold, silver in Para Asia

IRNA – Iranian weight throwers added another gold and silver to Iran’s medal tally in 2018 Asian Para Games on Wednesday.

On the fourth day of the games, three Iranians in F53 weightlifting played against their rivals.

Alireza Mokhtari smashed Asian weight throwing record at 8.73m and snatched a gold medal.

Asadullah Azimi, another Iranian representative, secured the silver medal at 8.35m, and the Syrian weight thrower claimed the third place medal at 7.47m.

At 5.05, Abdolreza Jokar failed to win any medal.

The third Asian Para Games, hosted by Jakarta, are held on October 8-16, with 2,880 athletes from 41 countries competing against each other in 13 disciplines.

Overall 685 medals will be awarded, out of which 300 medals will be given to female athletes, 343 to male athletes and 41 symbol pendants and necklaces will be awarded in mixed and team sports.

A total of 209 Iranian athletes have taken part in the eight-day competitions.