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Trail-blazer Zahra Nemati wins hearts and minds with stirring effort in archery

Iran’s flag-bearer, a Paralympics gold medallist in London, has struck a few blows for her country and women in general despite her defeat in Rio on Tuesday

Zahra Nemati’s original plan was to compete in the Olympics at taekwondo. A tomboy in her youth, she loved the physicality of the martial art, quickly won her black belt and made the Iranian national team. Then, aged 18, she got hit by a car. Her spine was shattered and she lost the use of both legs.

Thirteen years later and Nemati is at her first Olympic Games. She has not made a Lazarus-like recovery; she uses a wheelchair to get around, which makes navigating the cracked pavements and high kerbs of Rio a particular trial.

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