The first day of the Tokyo Olympics saw Iran’s Javad Foroughi clinch a historic shooting gold.
The Iranian – a two-time ISSF World Cup gold medalist – tallied an Olympic record of 244.8 points in the men’s 10m air pistol final for a first-ever Olympic shooting gold for the country.
The win also made Foroughi, 41, the oldest Iranian to ever grab an Olympic medal.
Trailing Foroughi by 6.9 points, Serbia’s Damir Mikec took the silver, while China’s Wei Pang finished on 217.6 points to add a bronze to his Beijing 2008 gold and a bronze in Rio four years later.
Iranian Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri, in a message, congratulated Foroughi’s medal while he hoped for “more medals in Tokyo.”
Iranian gold medalist was rewarded with a €10,000 prize by the National Olympic Committee of Iran.
In the volleyball event, a five-set thriller in Pool A saw Iran come from a set behind to beat the European powerhouse Poland 18-25, 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 23-21 at Ariake Arena.
Amir Ghafour made the biggest contribution to Iran’s victory with 19 points, followed by Meisam Salehi and Milad Ebadipour, who chipped in 18 and 17 points respectively.
Wilfredo Leon Venero topped the scoring for Poland with 23 points, while Bartosz Kurek scored 20.
Next for Iran is a match against Venezuela, who were beaten in straight sets against the hosts on the opening day, Monday.
Elsewhere, Italy overcame a two-set deficit to beat Canada.