0552 GMT February 18, 2018
On Saturday, Iranian female sports shooters Narjes Emam-Qolinejad and Elaheh Ahmadi impressed the audience at the Baku Shooting Center in the Azerbaijani capital city of Baku, and collected two medals, including one gold.
Emam-Qolinejad accumulated 249.6 points at the end of the women’s 10-meter air rifle event to claim the top position and clinch the gold.Ahmadi finished in the second place with 246.1 points.
“I did not expect to be the first athlete to clinch a medal for the Iranian sports delegation. I’m feeling great. I had tried very hard to put in an excellent performance during today’s contests. Thanks God, I could produce the desired result. I extend my gratitude to my teammates, coaches and managers over this achievement.” Emam-Qolinejad said after the event.
“It was a difficult final. I could not restore after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games because I had to participate in numerous training camps and championships. Actually, I was not psychologically prepared, and this affected my presentation today,” Ahmadi commented.
Moreover, the Iranian men's national swimming team, comprised of Sina Gholampour, MehdiAnsari, Jamal Chavoushi and Neniamin Qareh-Hassanlou, settled for bronze in men's 400 m freestyle contest.
The Turkish team snatched the gold medal while Indonesia landed in the second spot.
Additionally, Iranian male and female karate practitioners collected four medals.
Iran’s Nasrin Dousti participated in the women’s -50 kg kumite contests at the Baku Sports Hall on Saturday, and employed a wide array of techniques to prevail over Turkish opponent Serap Ozcelik in the final competition to clinch the gold.
Azerbaijanii athlete Nurana Aliyeva and Imane Taleb from Algeria settled for the bronze medals.
In the men’s -60 kg kumite division, Amir Mehdizadeh could earn a bronze medal.
Uzbekistan’s Sadriddin Saymatov overcame Turkish opponent Aykut Kaya and stood atop the podium.
Also on Saturday, Taravat Khaksar and Rozita Alipourkeshkaalesaad claimed a bronze and silver medal for the Islamic Republic of Iran in the women’s kumite -55 kg and -61 kg categories respectively.
Iranian judo practitioner Alireza Khojasteh also added a bronze to Iran’s medal tally in the men’s minus 66-kilogram section.
On Sunday, Iran’s shooters, Najmeh Khedmati and Pourya Norouzian won a silver medal in mixed team 10m air 50 rifle contest. Bangladesh mixed team took the gold with Turkish team finishing third. The other Iranian shooter finishing her campaign with a medal was Hanieh Rostamian. She won a silver in women’s 25m pistol contest. Qatar’s representative finished first and Tunisian athlete stood at third.
Iran’s men’s gymnastics team comprised Saeed-Reza Keikha, Saman Madani and Hadi Khanarinejad also won a bronze in men’s team final of the gymnastics games.
The 4th Islamic Solidarity Games started in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 12 under the motto “Solidarity is Our Strength.” The tournament will wrap up on May 22, 2017.
Athletes from 54 Muslim countries around the world are representing their nations over 10 days of competition across 20 different sports, which include 23 disciplines (athletics and para-athletics, aquatics – diving, aquatics – swimming, aquatics – water polo, basketball 3×3, football, gymnastics – artistic, gymnastics – rhythmic, wushu, table tennis, handball, judo and blind judo, wrestling – Greco, wrestling – freestyle, shooting, tennis, volleyball, boxing, zurkhaneh, karate, taekwondo and weightlifting) in 16 world-class sporting venues.