Iranian archer wins 3rd straight gold

Iran's leading female athlete, Zahra Nemati, has topped the podium for the third consecutive time in the women's individual archery.

The 36-year-old Nemati faced off against Italy's Vincenza Petrilli in the recurve final. Their score was tied after five sets, and Nemati eventually won in a shoot-off. Nemati used to compete in taekwondo, until a car accident when she was 18 left her with spinal cord injuries.

She won the archery individual event at the 2012 London Paralympics, and became the first-ever Iranian woman to win a gold medal.

Nemati also competed in the Rio Olympics. She served as the flagbearer for the Iranian team in the opening ceremony there.

Meanwhile, an Australian athlete who once served in Afghanistan is competing in the men's canoe sprint.

Curtis McGrath was serving as a combat engineer in 2012 when he lost his legs in a mine blast. He won a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, where canoeing made its debut. The 33-year-old advanced after heats in two different events on Thursday. After the race, he said he hopes to see more athletes from Afghanistan able to compete in the future.