Vote now for the Allianz Athlete of the Month – October 2014

Athletes from Asia dominated para-sport in October, with history also being made in Gambia. 03 Nov 2014
Women wearing a headscarf looks surprised and happy in front of a Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games banner

Iran’s world champion pistol shooter Sareh Javanmardidodmani smashed the P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1) and P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1) world records on Sunday (19 October) and Monday (20 October) at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games.


Another amazing month of para-sport saw Asian athletes dominate the headlines at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para-Games in South Korea.

Between 18-24 October, athletes from 41 countries competed across 23 sports, winning a total of 443 gold medals, with 24 world records falling in the process.

After these incredible performances and more, the public has one week to vote for the Allianz Athlete of the Month for October 2014.

Nominations include:

Demba Jarju (Gambia), athletics – Jarju made history as he became the first wheelchair racer to win the Gambian Marathon. He was also using a chair donated by the Agitos Foundation, the International Paralympic Committee’s development arm.

Sareh Javanmardidodmani (Iran), shooting – Broke two world records and picked up gold in both the P2 (women’s 10m pistol SH1) and the P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1) in Incheon.

Rong Jing (China), wheelchair fencing – China dominated the wheelchair fencing in Incheon, helped by Jing who took home three gold and one silver medal, winning the women’s individual foil category A, women’s individual epee category A and the women’s team epee event.

Sakhorn Khanthasit (Thailand), wheelchair tennis – One of the shocks of the competition in Incheon, Khanthasit beat Japan’s world No.1 Yui Kamiji in the semi-final before going on to retain her Asian Para-Games title.

Furong Lin (China), swimming – London 2012 Paralympic gold medallist Lin was the most decorated athlete at the Asian Para-Games, scooping six gold medals across the S10 class.

Siamand Rahman (Iran), powerlifting – Rahman broke his own world record in the men’s over 107kg category three times on his way to glory in Incheon, eventually adding 7kg with a lift of 292.0kg

The public has until 12:00 (CEST) on 10 November to vote for the athlete they want to be Allianz Athlete of the Month for October via the homepage.

The nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs).