News ID: 2602
Published: 0715 GMT October 01, 2014

Four Iranian GR wrestlers bag bronzes

Four Iranian GR wrestlers bag bronzes

Iranian Greco-Roman wrestlers Wednesday grabbed four more bronze medals in the Asian meet in South Korea’s Incheon.

Afshin Biabangard in the 66kg, Payam Bouyeri in the 75kg, Mojtaba Karimfar in the 85kg and Bashir Babajanzadeh in the 130kg stood third.

Biabangard was defeated by Uzbek opponent 5-1while Ryu Han-su of South Korea downed Japan’s Ryutaro Matsumoto for the title. Ri Hak-won of North Korea also finished third.

Bouyeri in his first fight outpointed Nurbek Khashimbekov of Uzbekistan 9-5. In his second match, he thrashed Gurpreet Singh of India 7-2 and tied 1-1 against Takehiro Kanakubo of Japan and was announced the loser. In the repechage, he routed Amanaly Atayev of Turkmenistan 11-0.

Karimfar beat Amanaly Atayev 3-0. Rustam Assakalov of Uzbekistan stood top and was followed by Lee Se-yeol of South Korea. Chinese Peng Fei also grabbed the bronze.

Heavyweight Babajanzadeh breezed past Murat Romanov of Kyrgyzstan. The Iranian wrestler edged past his Indian rival but was beaten by Kazakhstan’s wrestler.

In the repechage, he trounced the Uzbek wrestler before facing Romanov.

China with 294 medals including 131 golds is on top followed by South Korea and Japan, respectively.

Iran has collected 15 golds, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals to stay in the fifth spot.

The Asian Games began on September 19 and will wrap up on October 4.

Some 9,500 athletes from 45 countries are competing at the world's second-biggest multisport event after Summer Olympics, with 439 gold medals in 36 fields up for grabs.

Iran has pitted 276 athletes in 22 fields.

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