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Archer wins dual Olympic spots.

Archer Zahra Nemati has made history by securing a spot for her countty in both the Olympics and the Paralympics next year.

Nemati became the first Iranian woman to win a Paralympic gold medal at the London Paralympics in 2012.

Last month, she took silver in the women's recurve at the Asian Archery Championships in Bangkok and qualified for the 2016 Olympics. The para-archery Asian Championships followed and Nemati secured Iran a Paralympic spot next year after winning the recurve women's open competition.

Nemati said, "I do my best to catch honors in Olympic and Paralympic Games simultaneously. I am so happy to get that since I motivate all archers in my country."

The last archer to compete in both games in the same year was Italy's Paola Fantato at Atlanta in 1996. Paola won five Paralympic gold medals, three individually, over a para-archery career that saw her attend each Paralympic Games from 1988 to 2004.

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Date:Dec 11, 2015
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