Great Paralympic moments: Zahra Nemati's history-making gold at London 2012

Zahra Nemati of the Islamic Republic of Iran celebrates winning her Women's Individual Recurve - W2 class Gold medal match against Elisabetta Mijno of Italy at the London 2012 Paralympic Games (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
Zahra Nemati of the Islamic Republic of Iran celebrates winning her Women's Individual Recurve - W2 class Gold medal match against Elisabetta Mijno of Italy at the London 2012 Paralympic Games (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

With Tokyo 2020 now just one year away, it’s time to relive some of the greatest Paralympic moments of the decade. Today, 27 August 2020, the first Iranian woman to win gold at either the Olympics or Paralympics.

The schedule for Tokyo 2020 has been confirmed, venues announced and while athletes around the world are busy gearing up to qualify for the greatest show on Earth, it's time to enjoy 13 days full of the most unforgettable, inspiring and exciting moments from the past as preparations for Tokyo 2020 gather pace!

Nemati creates history for Iran

It's not often you can say that someone puts in a truly historic performance, but that's the only way to describe what Iranian archer Zahra Nemati has achieved at London 2012.

Her victory in the women's recurve W1/W2 competition saw her become the first ever woman from the Islamic Republic of Iran to win either an Olympic or Paralympic gold medal. And that would be only the beginning for Nemati, who went on to become the flag bearer (as well as compete), at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, before retaining her Paralympic title only weeks later.

Greatest Paralympic Moments: Zahra Nemati, London 2012