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UAE athletes win gold, silver medals at Paralympics

Mohammad Al Hammadi, Mohammad Khalaf, and Abdullah Al Aryani on podium as UAE medal haul rises to five

UAE athletes win gold, silver medals at Paralympics
Weightlifter Mohammad Khalaf wins UAEs first gold at Rio Paralympics.

UAE athletes Mohammad Al Hammadi, Mohammad Khalaf, and Abdullah Al Aryani won gold and silver medals respectively at the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Wednesday.

Al Hammadi took his first gold in the men’s T34 wheelchair 800m, breaking his own record after taking a silver and bronze at the London 2012 games, reported local media.

Veteran Mohammad Khalaf also won his first gold in men’s won the UAE’s first gold in men’s 88kg powerlifting on Tuesday.

Shooter Abdullah Al Aryani won silver at the R6 mixed 50m rifle SH1 final on Wednesday despite winning gold at the London games four years ago.

However, his win marked a total of five medals won by UAE athletes at the Paralympics 2016.

Forty six year old Al Aryani finished just 0.3 points behind China’s Zhang Cuiping gold winner.

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