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Sareh Javanmardi

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Sareh Javanmardi has really stepped up her game since winning bronze at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in P2 (women’s 10 air pistol SH1).

She is now a three-time world and two-time Paralympic champion. Her most recent achievement was double gold at the 2018 World Championships in Choengju, South Korea. Both her P2 and P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1) titles were won in comeback fashion, verifying she is the top pistol shooter in the sport.

Five months later, Javanmardi got the honour to carry her country’s flag at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia, where she again went on to win both pistol events.

Javanmardi began shooting in 2008. She first started with sitting volleyball, then moved onto table tennis and athletics, before finding her passion in shooting.

At her Paralympic debut in 2012, Javanmardi captured P2 bronze, and that was only the beginning of a blossoming career. The 2015 season saw her take two world records in P2 and two wins at World Cups. Her performances placed her amongst the top three in the world rankings in 2015 in P4 and P2 heading into the Paralympic Games year in 2016.

Javanmardi, who is training in business management, completely dominated in both her events at Rio 2016, winning her first titles in P4 and P2 with two finals Paralympic records. Her delight was clear for everyone to see and she has now become another beacon of inspiration for women with impairments in Iran.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH1C

Further personal information

Languages
Persian
Higher education
Business Management - Islamic Azad University: Shiraz, IRI

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began shooting in 2008.
Why this sport?
She tried volleyball but felt that team sports did not suit her personality. She then moved on to individual sports like chess, table tennis and athletics, before finally settling on shooting.

General interest

Nicknames
Pistol Queen (paralympic.org, 02 Oct 2019)
Hobbies
Reading. (paralympic.org, 14 Aug 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Strive for excellence." (paralympic.org, 14 Aug 2017)
Awards and honours
She was flag bearer for the Islamic Republic of Iran at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. (paralympic.org, 01 Oct 2018)

In May 2018 she was named Athlete of the Month by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (paralympic.org, 08 Jun 2018)

She was voted the IPC Athlete of the Month for September 2016 in recognition of her performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 21 Oct 2016)

In 2014 she was named Best Female Athlete by the Asian Paralympic Committee [APC]. (paralympic.org, 04 Dec 2014)
Milestones
She became the first female shooter representing the Islamic Republic of Iran to win gold at the Paralympic Games, placing first in the SH1 10m air pistol at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Oct 2019; paralympic.org, 21 Oct 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 09 Nov 2016)
Impairment
Her impairment is a result of the effects of polio. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Other information
MEDAL FOR AUCTION
In November 2017 she auctioned off the gold medal she had won at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to raise funds for victims of an earthquake that struck the border between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq. The disaster killed more than 600 people. "I consider it my duty to take a small step to help my beloved fellow compatriots who have suffered as a result of the quake." (financialtribune.com, 16 Nov 2017; tehrantimes.com, 15 Nov 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
P2 - Women's 10 m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification 2012-08-31 3
P2 - Women's 10 m Air Pistol SH1 Final Round 2012-08-31 3
2014 IPC Shooting World Championships (Suhl, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Team P2 - Women's 10m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification 2014-07-20 2
Women's 10m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification 2014-07-20 1
Women's 10m Air Pistol SH1 Final 2014-07-20 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
P2 - Women's 10 m Air Pistol SH1 Final Round 2016-09-09 1
P2 - Women's 10 m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification 2016-09-09 2
P4 - Mixed 50 m Pistol SH1 Final Round 2016-09-14 1
P4 - Mixed 50 m Pistol SH1 Qualification 2016-09-14 3
Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Team P2 - Women's 10m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 1
P4 - Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 Final 2018-05-05 1
P4 - Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 6
P2 - Women's 10m Air Pistol SH1 Final 2018-05-05 1
P2 - Women's 10m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 2
Team P4 - Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 2