Iraqi athlete Ahmed Naas cart-wheeled in celebration on Friday, September 7 as he broke the men’s F40 Paralympic javelin record.
With his fifth attempt of the competition, the 20-year-old from Nassriya, about 370 kilometres southeast of Baghdad, threw 43.27m, breaking his own world record which he marked by performing a triple cart-wheel. He managed a silver medal while fellow team-mate Wildan Nukhailawi took bronze. It was Iraq’s third medal in the competition after Faris Al-Ajeeli won silver in the men’s +100kg powerlifting.
The men celebrated with a lap of honour draped in the red, white and black flag of Iraq, with Naas, who has dwarfism, lifted onto his compatriot’s shoulders.