Paralympics Rio 2016: medals for Suranji and Shaziri with Starik tubes
2016 Paralympic Games · Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Men’s R7-50m Rifle 3 positions SH1: Gold and Bronze
He came, he saw, he conquered. Serbia’s Laslo Suranji celebrated a hard-fought victory to win gold in R7 (men’s 50m rifle 3 positions SH1) on Monday (12 September) after Paralympic legend Jonas Jacobsson failed to qualify for the final. Suranji spoke of his delight after claiming the Paralympic title, describing the moment of victory as “unreal”.
“It took a really long time for me. I’ve trained for over 15 years and this is my first medal,” he said. “It was a lot of teamwork with the coaches. The whole year we always just eat, sleep and shoot, nothing else.”
UAE’s Abdulla Sultan Alaryani hung on for silver and Israel’s Doron Shaziri rounded out the podium with bronze. Having finished second to Jacobsson at the previous two Paralympic Games, Shaziri was able to profit from the Swede’s absence from the final to take bronze.
“Jonas is a very strong competitor, especially in finals so one less strong competitor gives me more chances, but I don’t rely on that. I rely on my personal ability,” Shaziri said. “Anything can happen in the final and anything can happen in these competitions, look what happened to Jonas.”
Shaziri is Israel’s most successful Paralympian of all time with eight Paralympic medals to his name spread across 20 years of competition. With the weight of a nation on his shoulders, Shaziri was proud to be up on the podium in front of an army of fans who flocked to finals hall.
“Today’s bronze was very important for my country. Any medal is important, but everyone was hoping and looking forward to this medal … and it came,” said Shaziri.
Dual silver medallist Alaryani started strongly with a score of 52.2 in the opening series of the kneeling position, going on to deliver a total of 152.1.
“It was a very tough game with a big challenge from the Israeli and the Serbian, but I am very happy to have my second medal at this Paralympic Games.”
Suranji was hot on his heels the entire time and trailed by just one point at the conclusion of the second of the three positions.
“I didn’t watch the scores so I didn’t really know how the standings were. I shot my game and I tried to focus on every shot to make it the best possible,” Suranji said.
|SURANJI Laslo (SRB)||1165-57x PR||453.7 FPR||Gold|
|ALARYANI Abdulla Sultan (UAE)||1163-55x||451.6||Silver|
|SHAZIRI Doron (ISR)||1153-47x||437.5||Bronze|
Mixed R6-50m Rifle prone SH1: Bronze
Serbia’s Laslo Suranji also collected the bronze medal, following Alaryani (Silver) and Zhang (Gold) in the podium.
“I am more than satisfied! I won gold in three positions [R7], and this bronze is only an extra, so I am very satisfied,” Suranji said.
|ZHANG Cuiping (CHN) F||617.7||206.8 FPR||Gold|
|ALARYANI Abdulla Sultan (UAE) M||619.5||206.5||Silver|
|SURANJI Laslo (SRB) M||615.2||185.2||Bronze|
Source: www.paralympic.org (Photos by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)