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Second day of Olympic games ends well for Iran with Forughi’s golden shot

Tokyo, IRNA – Iranian athletes competed in seven fields versus their challengers on the 2nd day of Tokyo Olympics, and eventually the golden shot of Javad Forughi brought the first gold medal for Iran and made history for the Iranian shooting sport.

The Iranian athletes competed in seven fields of volleyball, shooting, taekwondo, boxing, table tennis, fencing, and cycling, in which Forughi in shooting got the Iranian sports group’s first gold medal and the Iranian Shooting Federation’s first Olympics medal.
Forughi who gained the world’s top place in Olympics ten-meter air-gun field had in the first round of the matches, gained 850.25 points and ranked fifth, which let him attend the final matches, and eventually gained 244.8 points in the final not only to break the Olympics record, but also to gain the gold medal and world championship.
The Iranian shooting athlete’s first presence in Olympics was in London 1948 Olympics, and he has thus far participated in 9 Olympic games. London 1948 Olympics, Roma 1960, Tokyo 1964, Montreal, Canada 1976, Atlanta, USA 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, London 2012, Rio 2016, and Tokyo 2020. The first time that the Iranian female shooters attended the Olympics was in Atlanta, 1996. Yet, Iran’s first medal in this field was gained in Forughi’s ninth presence in Olympic games.
Shooting thus became the 5th field in which the Iranian athletes gain medals after weight lifting, wrestling, taekwondo, and field and track.
Forughi’s gold medal is after Emamali Habibi, the late Gholam Reza Takhti, Rasool Khadem, Hossen Rezazadeh, Hadi Saie (two gold medals), Hamid Soorian, Behdad Salimi, Qassem Rezaie, Omid Noruzi, Saeed Mohammadpoor, Komeil Qasemi, Kianoosh Rostami, Sohrab Moradi and Hassan Yazdani and is the 19th gold medal of the Iranian Olympics sports caravan.

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