Monday, September 15, 2008

First Paralympic Gold for Mongolia

Baatarjav Dambadondog or Dambadondogiin Baatarjav brought home the first Paralympic Gold medal for Mongolia, in Men's Individual Recurve - Standing category (read: Archery) in Beijing on Sunday, September 14. The official Olympic site says:
The Mongolian archer began tentatively, failing to impress in the first two ends. But he showed his class in the third and fourth end, outscoring his French opponent 50-41.
Three Gold medals for Mongolia this year from the ~lympics. Needless to say the Paralympics get far less media attention than the Olympics. D.Baatarjav will be awarded MNT 120 million (USD 104,000 or so) from the government, same as the medalists of the Olympics (though I heard rumours that the officials were considering of increasing the prize to USD1million for the Olympians) I wonder if many private companies are promising him sponsorhips and gifts as had happened with the Olympic medalists.