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Swimming prodigy eyes more shining victories in Tokyo Paralympics

Tehran, Shahin Izadyar, Iranian swimming prodigy who has bagged six gold medals at the 2018 Para Asian Games thus stealing the limelight from all his rivals, says he eyes more shining victories in Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

'I started swimming nine years ago and I'm ready to attend Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games,' Izadyar told IRNA after clinching his sixth first-place medal in Jakarta.

Izadyar said excitedly, 'Amazing! I only participated in Asian Para Games this year and this is my sixth gold medal.'

The 25-year-old swimmer said he has been swimming since he was 16, adding he plans to bag medals in Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as well.

Iran's gold medalist claimed a gold medal on Friday (October 12) in men's 100m backstroke S10 to increase the tally of his gold medals to six.

He had earlier snatched five gold medals for 50m crawl S10, 200m mixed, 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.

In 100m breaststroke S9, Izadiar claimed a silver medal.

The 2018 Para Asian Games will close today. The Iranian athletes won 51 gold, 42 silver and 43 bronzes, finishing third.

Pocketing a total of six gold and one silver medals, Izadyar is the cream of the crop for Iran's caravan.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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