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Siamand Rahman and Zahra Nemati,

Among the ten Asian athletes who made history in Rio

From Siamand Rahmans historical 310kg lift to Iraqs first wheelchair fencing medallist, check out some of the Asian athletes who had a memorable Paralympic Games, in Rio.

With China leading the way, Asian countries had a Paralympic Games to remember, in Rio.

A total of 25 won at least one medal, with Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Uzbekistan and Vietnam claiming their maiden Paralympic titles and Qatar making their first appearance on the podium.

Check out 10 Asian athletes who shined at Rio 2016.

Siamand Rahman IRI

The Iranian powerlifter confirmed his status as the worlds strongest Paralympian with a staggering performance. In his first attempt, Rahman secured gold in the mens over 107kg with a 270kg lift. He went on to lift 300kg breaking his own world record and doing what no man had ever done before. The 28-year-old lifted 305kg in his third attempt and cleared the bar at 310kg in the last one to write his name with indelible ink in to the history books.

Zahra Nemati IRI

The 31-year-old archer spent two unforgettable months in Rio. Nemati first competed at Augusts Olympic Games, where she carried the Iranian flag at the Opening Ceremony. And in September she went on to win one gold and one silver at her second Paralympic Games. Nematis finished second in the mixed team recurve open behind China and ahead of Italy, but then sealed the womens individual recurve open title. She added those medals to the gold and the bronze she had claimed at London 2012.

Wenpan Huang  CHN

China topped the medals table for a fourth consecutive Paralympic Games after claiming 239 overall -107 golds, 81 silvers and 51 bronzes- in Rio.

Ho Wo Jeong  KOR

As a three-time Paralympic medallist, the 30-year-old boccia player arrived in Rio seeking to increase his medal haul. And he did so with outstanding performances in both his events.

Fotimakhon Amilova  UZB

At only 17 years-old, Amilova had a formidable Paralympic debut, reaching the finals in all her six swimming events and winning one gold, one silver and one bronze.

Pin Xiu Yip  SIN

The 24-year-old began her winning run on 9 September by setting a world record of 2:07.09 in the womens 100m backstroke S2 final and added a second gold in the 50m backstroke S2 seven days later.

Paeyo Pongsakorn  THA

The 19-year-olds Paralympic debut could not have been better, winning medals in all four events he took part in.

Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli  MAS

Since their Paralympic debut at Heidelberg 1972, Malaysia had never won a gold medal.

Abdulla Sultan Alaryani  UAE

The 46-year-old finished second in the R1 (mens 10m air rifle standing SH1), the R7 (mens 50m rifle 3 positions SH1) and the R6 (mixed 50m rifle prone SH1), and confirmed he will continue to be one of the sports big names in the upcoming years.

Ammar Ali  IRQ

Until Rio 2016, only track and field athletes and powerlifters had been Iraqs medal winners at Paralympic Games. But 31-year-old Ali added wheelchair fencing to the list after sealing silver in the mens individual epee category B, last month.


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