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Iran ranks second at world university Greco-Roman wrestling meet

Tehran, June 8, IRNA -- Iran stood second at the sixth World University Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship in Poland Monday.

During the two-day event, the Iranian side won four golds (46 points) to finish runner-up to champion Turkey, which collected 54 points.

Poland took the third title on 43 points.

Iran's gold medals came as Hamid Bani-Tamim eased past his Kazakh opponent 7-0 in 55 kg final, Ali Ashkani whitewashed a home side's 60 kg finalist 5-0, Seyed Hossein Mar'ashian thrashed a Turkish wrestler in 84 kg final 4-0, and Alireza Gharibi won the 120 kg final against his rival from Belarus 5-1.

Representing Iran in 66, 74, and 96 kg categories, Parviz Zeidvand, Morteza Alizadeh, and Ehsan Karimfar were eliminated from the world competitions.


Iran was crowned at the sixth World University Freestyle Wrestling Championship in Poland Friday.

According to the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology, the Iranian side, which competed with 25 teams won five gold and two silver medals to grab the title.

In 55 kg, Yasser Khalpour of Iran outpointed his Turkish opponent 8-4 in the final to take the coveted gold.

The bronze went to a Japanese wrestler.

In 60 kg, Mostafa Akhoundi handed Iran a silver as he lost 3-2 to a finalist from Belarus.

A Moldavian wrestler won the bronze.

In 66 kg, Iran's Massoud Vahedi beat the world and Olympic champion from Moldavia, snatching the glittering gold.

A representative from the home team, Poland, bagged the bronze medal.

In 74 kg, Iran took a silver as Hadi Habibi was narrowly beaten by the world title holder from Belarus, who won 4-3.

A Japanese bagged the bronze.

In 84 kg, Pejman Dorostkar crushed a US wrestler 6-3 to add another gold to Iran's asset.

The bronze was won by a wrestler from Belarus.

In 96 kg, the world champion, Hamid Seifi from Iran, retained his title by beating Wilberman from Canada 4-2.

A Ukrainian wrestler won the bronze.

In 120 kg, Iran's heavyweight wrestler Alireza Rezaei whitewashed his Ukrainian rival 10-0 to celebrate the title on walkover.

A Polish took the bronze medal.

The United States, Turkey, Russia, and Canada pitted their top wrestlers in the world event.


Iran also finished runner-up in the eighth World University Taekwondo Championship in Patra, Greece, Saturday.

Iran won 56 points by bagging one gold, four silver, and one bronze medals.

South Korea stole the show on 63 points, celebrating the title with an asset of two gold, three silver, and three bronze medals.

The third title went to Greece, which collected 42 points by winning two golds and one bronze.

Behzad Khodadad snatched Iran's sole gold in the third weight while Hamid Sajjadi, Alireza Nasr-Abadani, Mehdi Bibak, and Mehdi Navaei took silver medals in the first, fourth, fifth, and eighth weights.

Ali Tajik won the bronze in the sixth weight competitions.


Science Minister Ja'far Tofiqi said Iran's success in the world university events is an honor to the country.

In his message, he wrote the laudable victories in the world meet added another gold leaf to the country's record.

The great success has made people particularly the university students and officials happy.

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