TEHRAN - Female Iranian wushu fighter Zahra Kiani has won a silver medal in the women’s Qiangshu final of the 19th edition of the Asian Games in China.
On Wednesday, the 25-year-old athlete competed in the women’s Qiangshu final at the Xiaoshan Guali Sports Center in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, and finished as the runner-up.
Lai Xiaoxiao of China was top-ranked and won the gold medal, while the bronze went to Vietnamese sportswoman Duong Thuy Vi.
Qiangshu (or Qiang Shu) is a Wushu taolu (or form) where the participant uses a spear as the main element of the routine.
Taekwondo Team Wins Three Bronze Medals
The Iranian national taekwondo team won three bronze medals at the event.
Matin Rezaei, in the weight category of 68km, claimed the bronze medal by defeating his Chinese opponent in the quarterfinals of the Asian Games.
Melika Mirhosseini, in the weight category of 67 kg, lost 2-1 to Feruza Sadikova from Uzbekistan in the semifinals of the Asian Games and failed to advance to the finals.
Mehran Barkhordari also won the third bronze medal in the competition on Wednesday.
The 2022 Asian Games also known as Hangzhou 2022 is a continental multi-sport event currently being held from 23 September to 8 October 2023 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.
The Games, delayed a year due to China’s measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, will be the country’s biggest sporting event in over a decade in several metrics, with around 12,000 athletes from 45 nations competing in 40 sports.
Iran has sent 289 male and female athletes to the Games in 34 sports events.