National Athletes Bag 13 Medals at Asian Indoor Games

National Athletes Bag 13 Medals at Asian Indoor GamesNational Athletes Bag 13 Medals at Asian Indoor Games

Iranian men and women’s teams bagged 13 medals during the first two days of the 8th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, February 1-3, at Aftab-e Enqelab Sports Complex in Tehran.

On the first day Iranian athletes won five medals. Ttwo gold, two silver and one bronze was considered a good achievement for the athletes to begin the games with, according to the website of Iran Athletics Federation,

Dahlan Al-Hamad, the Qatari chief of Asia Athletics Confederation and Seyyed Reza Salehi-Amiri, head of National Olympic Committee of Iran were among the notable figures at the opening ceremony.

The very first medal for Iran squad was captured by Sepideh Tavakkoli in female high jump category. Jumping over the 1.8-meter-barrier, Tavakkoli won silver after the Uzbek athlete who took gold with a record 1.87 meters.

Hossein Keyhani, runner in the 3000 meters, finished first in the finals of the category to grab the first gold medal for Iran squad at the games. After Keyhani, Yaser Bagharab of Qatar finished second. Another representative from Iran in the same category, Homayoun Hemmati, took the third place and won bronze.

In the men’s high jump division, Qatari jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim grabbed gold with his marvelous performance flying over 2.38-meter bar and Keyvan Ghanbarzadeh won silver by jumping over 2.15m bar.

The fastest man in Iran Hassan Taftian ran the 60m distance in 6.51 seconds to pass the finish line before his rivals and win gold.

On the next day of the event, Mahsa Mirza-Tabibi in the female pole vault category enjoyed her silver medal. Two Iranians Sara Karimi and Niloofar Fashkhorani jointly finished third.

Farzaneh Fasihi in 60m relay won bronze. Chinese Xioajing Liang and Kazakh Vviktoriya Zyabkina won gold and silver respectively.

In the female shot pot finals, Elena Smolyanova of Uzbekistan won gold. Maryam Norouzi and Sana Dadres won silver and bronze respectively.

Elnaz Kompani set a new national record for women’s 60m hurdles but finished second after Kazakh runner Aigerim Shynazbekova. Sara Nadafi of Iran won bronze in the category.


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