1242 GMT December 16, 2019
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.