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Iran retains Asian freestyle wrestling title

Tehran, April 18, IRNA -- Iran retained the Asian freestyle wrestling title in Tehran on Sunday.

Winning three gold, two silver, and one bronz medals, the powerful Iranian side stood top on 63 points in the 17th edition.

South Korea finished runner-up on 45 points and Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Japan, and India ranked third to sixth on 44, 39, 39, 33 points respectively.

In 55 kg, Mohammad Rezaei of Iran finished fourth as he lost to Uzbek and South Korean representatives Sunday.

Rezaei snatched the gold medal of the world youth bouts in 1996 and 1997 and bagged a bronze medal in 2002 Asian Games in Pusan, South Korea.

In 60 kg, Morad Mohammadi took the first silver of Iran Saturday.

Mohammadi and Lee Young-Chul from North Korea fought to a pulsating 2-2 draw in the normal time of the final showdown but it was the Korean wrestler, who took three deciding points in the extra time to grab the coveted gold.

The bronze medal went to Chung Young-Hu from South Korea, who beat his Mongolian rival 3-1.

In 66 kg, Hassan Tahmasbi handed Iran the second silver.

The Asian gold medalist in 2003 lost to the Japanese finalist on technical fall.

In 74 kg, Mehdi Sadeq-Nejad won the first medal for Iran, thrashing his Indian opponent 6-1.

In 84 kg, Fereydoun Qanbari tamed Moon Eye-Ja from South Korea 5-2 in the extra time of the final showcase.

The Korean wrestler won the bronze medal of 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and stood second in the world event in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, in 2001.

In 96 kg, Mohammad-Hossein Khaleqifar from Iran took his first medal in the seniors' category by winning a bronze.

the 2001 gold and 2003 silver medalist in the world youth championships beat his Mongolian rival.

In 120 kg, Fardin Ma'soumi hunted Iran's second gold as he defeated Sing Jima from India 6-3.

... Payvand News - 4/18/04 ... --

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