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BY : : worldarchery.org |   August , 01, 2015, 20:39 PM  
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Iran wins first world title with compound men
Asian Games Champion Ebadi makes medal collection “complete” with team title in front of Danish Parliament.

Iran went two point down during the first end of the Copenhagen 2015 compound men’s team gold medal match. The deficit, to Canada, remained after a further six arrows.

Over the back two ends, though, Iran clawed the match back to a draw. Canada shot a pair of 56-point series, Iran two six-arrow ends of 57.

Drawn at 226, the match went to a tiebreaker.

In the shoot-off, Canada started with a nine, then Esmaeil Ebadi had a 10 for Iran – and those first arrows set the tone.

While the Canadians would follow with 10-10, neither Amir Kazempour nor Majid Gheidi – Ebadi’s Iranian teammates – would miss the middle either.

Ebadi, Kazempour and Gheidi won the tiebreaker with a perfect 30 points, for just the second time in the match, to Canada’s 29 – and won Iran’s first ever world title.

The anchor of the Iranian team, Kazempour, said they were confident of taking a podium at the event.

“Before we came we were sure we could win a medal but we didn’t expect gold,” he explained. “After we beat Colombia, we started to believe that making the finals was possible.”

Battling up from the ninth seed, Iran beat Venezuela before Colombia, then Italy in the semis. Their gold final opponent included two former individual world champions in Dietmar Trillus and Christopher Perkins.

The win marked a pivotal moment in the nation’s archery history.

Iran has won World Archery Para Championships titles, thanks to Paralympic gold medallist Zahra Nemati and Ebrahim Ranjbarkivaj, but never a gold medal at the World Archery Championships before.

Esmaeil Ebadi won the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon and then led his team to a silver medal at the first stage of the Archery World Cup in 2015, in Shanghai. He called his medal collection “complete” with the result.

Iran’s new compound men’s world title in Copenhagen was inherited from the host nation.

Denmark’s Martin Damsbo, Stephan Hansen and Patrick Laursen won the 2013 World Archery Championships in Belek, on the shores of the Mediterranean.

 
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