0848 GMT May 24, 2019
Iran’s freestyle team dominated the 2019 Asian Wrestling Championships in Xi’an, China, collecting seven gold medals and three bronzes to claim the title for a record-extending 26th time.
On Wednesday, the second day of the competitions, Behnam Ehsanpour – representing Iran in the men’s 61kg contests – overcame China’s Liu Minghu 2-1 in the final for the country’s first gold of the afternoon.
Kamran Qasempour also finished his campaign on a high note when he outmuscled Aligarizhi Gamidgadzhiev of Kyrgyzstan 10-0 in the final bout of the men’s 86kg weight class.
Two-time World bronze medalist Alireza Karimi took his personal tally to three Asian golds with an emphatic 11-0 victory over India’s Vicky Chahar in the men’s 92kg final.
Yadollah Mohebbi – participating in the men’s 125kg contests – put a fitting end to Iran’s glittering campaign as he beat China’s Deng Zhiwei 2-1 in the final bout of the freestyle competitions.
Additionally, Mohammad Nokhodi, having suffered a first-round 2-1 defeat against Indian Amit Kumar Dhankar, bounced back to beat Ilgiz Dzhakyupbekov of Kyrgyzstan in a breath-taking repechage final 9-8 to snatch a men’s 74kg bronze – along with Batsuuriin Otgonbayar of Mongolia.
Reza Atri (57kg), Bahaman Taymouri (79kg) and Reza Yazdani (97kg) had collected three gold medals on Tuesday, while Peyman Biyabani (65kg) and Younes Emami (70kg) had to settle for two third-spot finishes in their respective weight categories.
Iran’s head coach Gholamreza Mohammadi dedicated the Asian crown to the Iranian flood-hit people, sympathizing with his fellow countrymen.
A total of ten-out-of-ten medals and 220 points sealed the title for Iran with India (155pts) and Kazakhstan (129pts) finishing in the second and third spots, respectively.