Uzbekistan's Shakhnoza Mirzaeva gets a quota place at the 2020 Paralympic Games

She took a gold medal in women's KL3 competition at the 2019 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged took place at the Olympic Centre of Szeged.

“This was my target and I worked very hard for this,” Mirzaeva said.

“I have trained every day for three years, so it was hard work. This is very important for me, and I am so glad that I have got the opportunity to go. I will work hard to make sure our flag is the highest.”

Great Britain’s Laura Sugar took the silver, while Iran’s Shahla Behrouzirad made history for her country by taking the bronze medal.

“This is the first time in the history of canoeing in Iran that a women can win a medal at a world championships, in both sprint and para,” Behrouzirad said.

“The whole canoeing family is going to be very happy when they hear about this medal. It is every athlete’s dream to take part in the Paralympics, and I was in Rio. I am glad to now have the chance to go to my second Games.”

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