News ID: 251806
Published: 0236 GMT April 23, 2019

Iranians collect five Asian wrestling medals

Iranians collect five Asian wrestling medals

Sports Desk

Iranian freestyle wrestlers got off to a flying start at the 2019 Asian Wrestling Championships in Xi’an, China, collecting five medals – including three golds.

On Tuesday, the first day of the competitions, Iranian veteran Reza Yazdani outmuscled Batzul Ulziisaikhan of Mongolia 7-4 in the men’s 97kg final for Iran’s third gold of the afternoon.

Earlier on the day, Reza Atri – representing Iran in the men’s 57kg weight class – had outclassed the defending champion Kang Kum-song of North Korea 9-3 in the final to open the account for the country.

Bahman Teymouri took Iran’s gold tally to two after he overcame Indian opponent Parveen Rana 3-0 in the men’s 79kg final.

Additionally, Iran’s Peyman Biyabani (men’s 65kg) and Younes Emami (men’s 70kg) had to settle for two bronze medals.

Biyabani, having suffered a second-round 6-0 defeat against Indian Bajrang Punia, bounced back to beat Sirojiddin Khasanov of Uzbekistan 3-2 in the third-place battle.

Emami also beat Balyr Borjakov of Turkmanistan 11-0 in the repechage final after he was beaten in the semifinals by Kazakhstan’s Nurkozha Kaipanov.




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