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Iran won 13 medals (4 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze) at 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships

A total of 19 athletes represented Iran at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships, winning 4 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze medals, as well as 10 Paralympic quotas.

Iran’s Mohammad Khalvandi (javelin F57), Mohsen Hosseinipanah (shot put F35), Siamak Saleh Farajzadeh (shot put F34) and Saman Pakbaz (discus F12) claimed four gold medals.

Sajad Mohammadian (shot put F42), Ali Mohammadyari (discus throw F56), Saman Pakbaz (shot put F12), Seyed Erfan Hosseini (javelin F13), Mohsen Kaedi (shot put F34), Peyman Nasiri Bazanjani (1,500 m T20) and Ali Olfatnia (long jump T37) won seven silver medals.

Mohsen Kaedi (javelin F34) and Abdolrasol Mirshekari (javelin F46) have also claimed two bronze medals.

On the final day of competition, 20-year-old Saman Pakbaz won gold (46.20m) in the F12 men’s discus throw category. Silver went to Kim Lopez Gonzalez (44.93m) from Spain and bronze to Poland’s Marek Wietecki (44.76m). The medalists, however, will not be playing in the Rio 2016 Paralympics despite their medal wins, as men’s discus throw F12 class is not included in the games.

Since discus throw will not be a part of 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, gold and silver will not secure a quota; however, Saman Pakbaz had earlier received a ticket by snatching a silver medal in the shot put.

The 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships opened in Doha, Qatar, on October 21, and concluded on October 31. The tournament brought together around 1,300 athletes from 90 countries.

Sources: Press TV, Mehr News Agency, Tasnim News Agency, paralympic.org, Zimbio (Photos)

Winners of Asian Women’s Futsal Championship welcomed in Iran (Photos)

Iran women’s national futsal team were received at the airport in Tehran by their families, fans, Football Federation officials and a number of media representatives after having been crowned inaugural champions of the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship in Malaysia.

Fereshteh Karimi was awarded AFC Women’s Futsal Championship 2015 Most Valuable Player after beating Japan 1-0 in a thrilling final at the Nilai Indoor Stadium. The 26-year-old scored six goals in the campaign but undoubtedly her most important was the one she notched in the final.

Sources: IRNA Photos, AFC | Iran crowned inaugural AFC Futsal Champions, AFC | Fereshteh Karimi attributes MVP accolade to team effort

Iran’s basketball team crowned champion in 2015 William Jones Cup in Taiwan

The Iranian national men’s basketball team has finished first at the 2015 William Jones Cup in Taiwan, after pulling off an emphatic victory over Russian squad Spartak Primorye.

On Saturday, the Iranian sportsmen registered a 78-54 win against the Vladivostok-based side in a match staged at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City.

In the history of the William Jones Cup, Iran is the second most successful nation behind the United States.

Former NBA player Hamed Haddadi was selected as Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Haddadi, his Iranian team mate Mehdi Kamrani were also named as part of the “Mythical Five” of the tournament.

About William Jones Cup:

The R. William Jones Cup (also known as the Jones Cup) is an international basketball tournament held annually since 1977 in Taipei, Taiwan. It was named in honor of basketball promoter Renato William Jones, who was one of the founders of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Like the Olympics and the FIBA Basketball World Cup, it has both men’s and women’s versions. The men’s version is currently being dominated by American teams since the tournament’s inaugural staging.

Sources: Payvand | News, wikipedia | William Jones Cup, MEHR | Photos, Bleacherreport

Zohreh Abdollah-Khani: Iranian ice climber (Photos)

Abdollah Khani, Zohreh - Iranian ice climber - First Iranian female to win an international ice climbing medal 0Zohreh Abdollah Khani, born on September 30th, 1984 in Karaj, Iran. She is currently Iran’s ice climbing champion and Asia’s bronze medal holder. She became the first female ice climber to win a medal for Iran at an international venue, when she finished third in Women Speed at the 2014 UIAA Ice Climbing Asian Championship in Cheongsong, South Korea.

The photo gallery was taken during Abdollah Khani’s training by reporters of Borna News.

Below a video of Zohreh Abdollah Khani

Other posts about great Iranian women: click here

Sources: Borna News | Photos, everest51.blogspot.de, Ice Climbing World Cup | Women Speed Asia 2014, ISNA-Alborz | News

Iran’s youth and junior national climbing team training in Hamedan (Photos)

Twenty seven athletes from Iran’s youth and junior national climbing team participated end of July at a four-day training camp in Hamedan to improve their speed, leed and bouldering skills.

Sources: Iran Mountaneering and Sport Climbing Federation | News, Borna News | Photos, IRNA | Photos

Football World Stars beat Iranian Stars in Tehran Charity Match to raise money for MS patients (Photos)

The World Stars team included Michel Salgado (captain), Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Fabio Cannavaro, Guti, Fernando Hierro, Fernando Couto, Vitor Baia, Bodo Illgner, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Steve McManaman, Fernando Morientes, Marcel Desailly, Gaizka Mendieta, Edgar Davids, Jari Litmanen, Christian Karembeu, Boudewijn Zenden and Santiago Solari. Iran’s All-Star team featured 1998 and 2006 Iran World Cup players as well as Iranian celebrities.

The World Stars team takes the field once a month in a country to raise funds for people who are suffering from a disease or disaster. Support for Ebola patients in Africa was one of the latest fundraisers of this team. The match was held to raise money for MS patients.

The game
The constellation of world-renowned former soccer giants, including Vitor Baia, Luis Figo, Marcel Desailly, Pedro Miguel Carreiro Resendes, known as Pauleta, as well as Fabio Cannavaro, edged the Iranian side 3-0 in a fixture staged at Azadi stadium in western Iran.

On the 24th minute, the world stars were awarded a free kick, which Brazilian footballer Roberto Carlos, adroitly landed just inside the Iranians’ net. In the 31st minute, Figo cracked a terrific shot into the bottom corner of the net to put the world’s all-star team 2-0 ahead.

Shortly afterwards, Iran’s Alireza Mansourian, who is currently manager of Naft Tehran F.C. in Iran Pro League, delivered a pass to Farhad Majidi, who shot. The goalkeeper for world stars’ team, Vitor Baia, parried the shot outside the penalty area, and the referee, Afshariya, flashed the red card. However, he altered his decision due to the nature of the match and showed the Portuguese retired footballer the yellow card.​

Pauleta seized a golden opportunity one minute before the breather and scored the third goal for the world retired soccer giants. The match lost its momentum after the break, and both squads did not threaten each others’ posts.

Sources: Payvand News 1, Payvand News 2, Tasnim News Agency, IRNA, Borna News

Iran wins 3rd place in FIVB U19 Volleyball World Championship 2015 in Argentina

An incredible tournament-high production of 40 points from Iranian star Rasoul Aghchehli ejected the Asians to a remarkable bronze medal as they won over previous champions Russia 3-1 (25-17, 26-28, 25-16, 25-23).

Iranian captain worked at their maximum and he completed 36 spikes and 4 blocks, to break all previous records. Rasoul was escorted by Mirbabak Mousavigargari and Aliasghar Mojarad, with 13 and 12 points respectively. On top of that, Rasoul won a terrific battle of opposites over powerful Russian Dmitry Yakovlev, who led his side with 26 tallies. Yakovlev had in middle-blocker Aleksandr Melnikov his best supporter with 13 points, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Iranian machinery.

 

Iran finished second behind Poland on the group stage, winning against Germany on the round of 16 and although they were only a few inches away from elimination, Iran resurged from ashes and achieved a spectacular return to rule out Italy 3:2 (17:25, 22:25, 25:20, 25:20, 15:11) and move to semifinals, where they lost against champion Poland 3:1.

Iran improved his previous run with the step onto the podium, as they were left out on the very verge of it on Mexico 2013, finishing fourth. Russia fell out of the top, as the gold medal will now change hands.

Iran U19 national volleyball team
Iran’s youth team have won seven gold medals and a silver medal – the best record in this age group in the Asian region. Last year, the team earned the qualification ticket to the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship in Argentina after an unbeaten run in the continental championship. The result is the product of a long-term project of Iran to serve as a farm of talents for the senior men’s team. In the World Championship, Iranian youth have been a consistent force in the final, finishing with a gold medal in 2007, two silver medals in 2001 and 2009, a bronze medal in 2003, and a fourth place finish in the last edition.

Source: 2015 U19 FIVB Men Volleyball Championship | News, FIVB | Press releases, 2015 U19 FIVB Men Volleyball Championship | Iran