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Her Olympics are over. Next up, the Paralympics.
Shooting from her wheelchair, Iranian archer Zahra Nemati lost 6-2 to Inna Stepanova of Russia in the first round of the women's tournament at the Rio de Janeiro Games on Tuesday.
Still, it was a great experience. Nemati also carried her country's flag in the opening ceremony.
"I did my best, but my opponent was really good and that's why she could win it," said the 31-year-old Nemati, who was paralyzed in a car accident as a teenager. "Maybe I couldn't control my emotions and feelings at the moment, that's why I couldn't do my best performance."
Now, she will set her sight on defending her title in the individual recurve W1/W2 at the Paralympics, which begin next month.
Nemati hopes she motivated others with disabilities while at the Olympics.
"My goal is to do my best and to tell them: It's not over, they can still fight with the situation and do great things," she said. "Don't let your disability defeat you. Sport is the best means to defeat disability."