Belgium's Ruben Vanhollebeke successfully defended his visually impaired title at the World Archery Para Championships ©Getty Images

Ruben Vanhollebeke successfully defended his title in the visually impaired event at the World Archery Para Championships in Dubai.

The Belgian beat Tanveer Ahmed in straight sets at the Dubai Club for People of Determination, where the visually impaired categories were combined to ensure compliance with minimum attendance rules and all athletes wearing blindfolds.

Ahmed became Pakistan's first ever medallist at the World Championships.

Vanhollebeke was pleased at how he overcame the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in recent years to triumph again at the World Championships.

"It's really great," he said.

"I worked really hard these past two years with COVID-19 and everything, practising nearly every day.

"I did a lot to enjoy my sport, to do what I really like to do and what I’m good at.

"I’m really happy."

The bronze medal went to Italy’s Daniele Piran at the expense of Australia’s Craig Newbery courtesy of a 7-2 shoot-off victory after a 5-5 draw.

Yiğit Caner Aydın triumphed 136-126 in an all-Turkish men's W1 class final against Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Nihat Türkmenoğlu, with the reigning Paralympic champion David Drahonínský of Czech Republic having to settle for bronze by beating Iran's Mohammadreza Zandi 143-130.

Turkey had another finalist in the women's W1 event, but Nİl Misir lost 130-124 to the United States' Lisa Coryell.

The Russian Archery Federation's (RAF) Elena Krutova saw off South Korea's Kim Ok-geum 115-108 in the bronze medal match.

The RAF enjoyed a successful day in the W1 team finals, beating Turkey 119-99 to win the women's event and Italy 137-127 to triumph in the mixed team.

The RAF was denied victory in the men's W1 team competition by Turkey, who won the final 137-134.

Czech Republic took bronze in the men's and mixed W1 team events by beating South Korea and Turkey 140-124 and 141-134 respectively.

Competition is set to conclude with the men's and women's individual and the team open recurve tomorrow.