Sunday, September 14, 2008

Baatarjav Dambadondog wins Mongolia's first ever Paralympic medal

Baatarjav Dambadondog made history by becoming the first person from Mongolia to win a medal at the Paralympic Games on Sunday, September 14.

Sixth seed Dambadondog edged out France's Fabrice Meunier 94-90 in the final of the Men's Individual Recurve - Standing category to claim the gold medal.

The Mongolian impressed with a string of good performances en route to the final, beating top quality Chinese archers in the quarterfinals and semifinals.

"I am very happy, Beijing made me realize my dream in the Paralympic Games," said Dambadondog.

His coach Tsogt Badamkhatan attributes the win to a lot of hard work and dedication.

"No he isn't (an underdog). Many Asian athletes and coaches know him. He has been shooting for many years and his success is due to his hard work and a little luck," said Badamkhatan.

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