Zeljko Dimitrijevic defended his club throw title in Rio ©Getty Images

A reception for Serbia's Paralympians was held in Belgrade after the country's team brought home nine medals from Rio 2016.

The event was held in front of the City Assembly in the capital, with residents attending to greet the athletes with music and applause.

Members of the National Paralympic Committee of Serbia, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and the City Assembly were also in attendance.

Serbia's medal haul included three golds, with Zeljko Dimitrijevic winning the men's F51 club throw title.

Shooter Laslo Suranji won the men's SH1 50 metres rifle three positions crown, with Borislava Peric-Rankovic claiming gold in the women's C4 table tennis.

The country also won two silver medals and four bronzes, to ensure their best-ever Paralympic performance.

Borislava Peric-Rankovic won the C4 table tennis title ©Getty Images
Borislava Peric-Rankovic won the C4 table tennis title ©Getty Images

At London 2012, Serbia won five medals, including two golds, while on debut at Beijing 2008 they collected just two silvers.

"Thanks Serbia, thanks to the people of the City Assembly for making it possible to realise a dream that Paralympic athletes have been dreaming of for years, and that is what brings us in front of the Assembly," said Dimitrijevic, who defended the title he won in London.

"It has now become a reality." 

Peric-Rankovic won her gold medal after having to settle for silver in both London and Beijing. 

"Thank you for coming to magnify our success from Rio," she said. 

"All this would not have been possible without you, or without our coaches and selectors. 

"Thank you on behalf of the Paralympic athletes. 

"We are glad for you and hope we met your expectations."

After speeches from athletes, the event featured performances by Belgrade rap group THC and Dejan Petrovic’s orchestra Big Band.