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9/20/04

Judoka Asakereh hands Iran first Paralympic medal

Tehran, Sept 20, IRNA -- Hani Asakereh, Iran's 73 kg judoka, bagged bronze in the 12th Paralympic Games in the Greek capital, Athens, Sunday.

Asakereh finished third as he beat Matthias Kreiger from Germany by an ippon.

The Iranian opened his fights with a victory over his opponent from Argentina. He was put in the losers group following a loss to a US judoka and defeated a Russian representative to set up the bronze clash against the German.

Wang Yunfeng of China became the new champion in the category after his triumph over the experienced Brazilian Eduardo Amaral in the final Sunday afternoon.

Earlier, he had beaten Sydney gold medalist Stephen Moore of the United States in a dramatic match.

Moore finally earned a place on the podium by overcoming Ukraine's Sergiy Sydorenko in the third-place fight.

The competition in the 73 kg weight category was very tough as expected from early Sunday when Paralympic judo champion Simon Jackson of Britain was eliminated in the first round in a shocking defeat by Sydorenko.

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