Iranians won a silver and a bronze in kurash bouts of the 2018 Asian Games underway in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
On Tuesday, the first day of the Games’ kurash competitions, Iran’s Jafar Pahlevani conceded a 0-1 defeat to a rival from Uzbekistan in the men’s +90kg competitions to settle for a silver medal, iribnews.ir reported.
En route to the final, he had outmuscled opponents from Tajikistan, Pakistan, India, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
In the same weight category, Pahlevani’s compatriot Mohammad-Ali Zakeri was eliminated from the contests.
In the men’s -66kg weight class, Iran’s Qanbar-Ali Qanbari failed to defeat a rival from Uzbekistan in the semifinals to bag bronze.
Prior to his semifinal bout, he had outpowered rivals from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.
Other Iranian representatives on the first day were Behzad Vahdani (men’s -66kg) and Tahereh Azarpeyvand (women’s -52kg), who both got eliminated from the competitions.
The 2018 Asian Games, officially known as the 18th Asian Games, is a pan-Asian multi-sport event which opened on August 18 and will continue until September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.
The athletes compete in 465 events across 40 sports and 67 disciplines in these competitions, also known as Jakarta Palembang 2018.