In a public vote that decided the winner of the Allianz Best Female Athlete of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Sareh Javanmardidomani of Iran won for her golden performance at the recently concluded Paralympics.
With this the prestigious award by IPC has got both the male and female version won by Iran in September. The September month award was attributed to Paralympic Athletes who performed exceptionally well during the Paralympics.
Javanmardidomani, who became Iran’s first ever female gold medallist in Paralympic shooting this year, won this award defeating Italian Wheelchair fencer Beatrice Vio (38 per cent) who got just 3% less vote percentage; US Para Athlete Grace Norman stayed third with a distant 19 % of the votes.
The Iranian, earlier, made history by becoming the first ever female gold medallist from her country in Paralympic shooting, winning P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1)and P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1).
The voting also had New Zealand swimmer Sophie Pascoe, Nigerian powerlifter Josephine Orji and Chinese swimmer Li Zhang listed.
The Allianz IPC Athlete of the Month award for September, the recognition of the performances during the month; the honour is being separated into three different categories – Best Male Athlete, Best Female Athlete and Best Team- based on results at Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Siamand Rahman of Iran had earlier won the award for the Best Male Athlete of the month September for his performance in Powerlifting at the Paralympics. The Award for the best team will be out in coming days.