News ID: 256875
Published: 0256 GMT August 05, 2019

Iran crowned world cadet GR champion

Iran crowned world cadet GR champion

Sports Desk

Iran’s Greco-Roman team claimed the second successive title at the 2019 World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria.

On Sunday, having collected two gold medals through Amirreza Dehbozorgi (48kg) and Shahrokh Mikaeili (110kg) on the preceding night, Iran bagged another two golds.

Saeid Esmaeili, representing Iran in the men’s 51kg weight class, overcame Elmir Aliyev of Azerbaijan 2-1 in the final.

Reza Saaki, meanwhile, outpowered Russian Stepan Starodubtsev 4-1 in the men’s 71kg final for Iran’s fourth gold of the competitions.

Iran topped the overall standings with four golds and 148 points, followed by the Azerbaijan and Russia, which finished on 123 and 99 points, respectively.

Iran’s fourth title in the Greco-Roman contests came after the country had finished second in the freestyle competitions of the world championship last Wednesday, courtesy of three gold medals, as well as three silvers and a single bronze.

Iran had technically won the freestyle contests but failed to second spot behind Russia following the disqualification of the 51kg wrestler Ali Qolizadegan by the organizers after the Iranian refused to shake hands with the Ukrainian coach at the end of a third-place bout defeat.



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