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4/20/05

Iran's performance at Islamic States' Solidarity Games

Jeddah, April 20, IRNA-Reports on Iran's performance at the first Islamic States' Solidarity Games inaugurated in Saudi Arabia on April 8:

VOLLEYBALL

IRAN TAMES EGYPT IN FINAL THRILLER

Iranian volleyballers stole the glittering gold from Egyptians in a pulsating final showdown in Jeddah Tuesday.

The title-thirsty Iran extracted a 25-23 win in the opening set in a packed Emir Abdullah hall, but the powerful Egyptian side secured the parity, winning the second set 25-14.

Powered by national regulars, Iran punished the struggling rival with a spirit-raising 25-17 lead.

Not to be outdone, Egypt managed to make it 2-2 in a nail-biting set it won 28-26.

But Iran had the last laugh as it emerged victorious in the deciding fifth set with a 15-10 win, grabbing the coveted gold in the mouth-watering final.

Earlier in the day, Algeria whitewashed the home team Saudi Arabia on straight sets, bagging bronze.

BASKETBALL

AZERBAIJAN CELEBRATES TITLE, IRAN BAGS BRONZE

Azerbaijan beat Algeria in the final and Iran got the better of Tunisia in the third-place clash in Medina Tuesday.

Azerbaijan, which beat the Iranian team 68-67 in the semifinal, handed Algeria an 82-69 defeat in the title tussle.

Fighting for bronze medal, Iran overcame the Tunisians 75-66.

GOALBALL

IRAN GRABS GOALBALL GOLD

Iran was crowned at the goalball event of the Islamic States' Solidarity Games in Jeddah Monday.

The powerful Iranian side overcame Algeria 7-3 in the final in King Abdul Aziz University hall.

Bronze went to Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Iran comprised players Javad Jalali, Mohsen Jalilvand, Behzad Jahangiri, Reza Chakhaei, Seyed Rahmatollah Hosseini-Moqaddam, and Mehdi Siahi.

WATER POLO

IRAN FINISHES FOURTH

Iran stood fourth at water polo competitions of the first Islamic States' Solidarity Games in Jeddah Monday.

In its last match, the Iranian side handed Azerbaijan a 12-6 defeat in the pool of Youth Sports Center.

Egypt stole the show, winning the glittering gold while Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia snatched silver and bronze respectively.

Iran lost to Kazakhstan in its opening match, defeated Kuwait, fought to a stalemate against Saudi Arabia, and was beaten by Egypt in the next matches.

FOOTBALL

MOROCCO BEATS IRAN IN SEMI ON SHOOTOUTS

Morocco overcame depleted Iran on penalty shootouts 5-4, squeezing into final of football tournament of the Games in Jeddah Monday.

The two sides played an uneventful football before the break, but Iranian striker Hamid Reza Zouhani fired home on 47 minutes.

The scorer turned bad boy as he pressed the self-destruct button, receiving his marching orders for two bookable offenses.

Morocco leveled the match in the 70th minute when Hisam Erraki converted a controversial penalty.

Amin Tarfeh of Morocco was sent off on 78 minutes.

The two sides failed to find the net in normal and extra time and shootouts decided the winner.

Iran converted three and Morocco four.

ATHLETICS

IRANIANS SCOOP SIX MEDALS

Iran's track-and-field team has garnered six colorful medals.

Ayoub Arkhi stole the country's sole gold in the javelin. The silver came as Mehdi Shahrokhi finished runner-up in the shot put and his teammates, Rouhollah Asgari, Amin Nikfar, Ehsan Haddadi, and Mohammad-Hassan Rabbani bagged bronze medals in the 110m hurdles, shot put, discus, and pole vault respectively.

Asian discus silver medalist and Iranian record-holder, Abbas Samimi, ranked fourth in the Solidarity Games.

FENCING

IRAN SNATCHES SABER SILVER

Egypt narrowly beat Iran in the saber final in Taif on Saturday.

The Egyptian swordsmen outdueled Iran 45-44 and bronze went to Saudi Arabi and Republic of Azerbaijan.

On Friday, Iran finished third at the foil event.

Iran took the bronze medal as it lost to the Egyptian side 45-37.

Egypt celebrated the title and silver went to Kuwait.

Iran has so far won one gold, three silver, and two bronze medals in fencing.

Iran's fencing team took the silver medal of epee competitions on Thursday.

The Iranian team finished runner-up to Egypt, which narrowly won the final 45-43.

Bronze went to home team Saudi Arabia.

On Monday, Iranian swordsmen won silver and bronze medals in individual epee in the holy city Mecca.

Mohammad-Hossein Abedi lost to Egyptian finalist 15-12, but he managed to beat his teammate Mohammad Rezaei 15-13 to take the silver.

Rezaei bagged bronze.

TAEKWONDO

AZADANI LIFTS TITLE

Alireza Nasr Azadani from Iran took the glittering gold in the fourth weight category of taekwondo competitions in the holy city Mecca Thursday.

Azadani outpointed his Yemeni opponent 7-4 in the final showdown, bringing Iran's taekwondo toll to two gold and one silver medals.

Bronze went to players from Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

In the sixth weight class, Mir-Abdollahi from Iran was knocked out of the tournament with a 6-5 loss to a Tajik representative in his second clash.

FUTSAL

SAUDIS DENY IRAN GOLD

Home team Saudi Arabia put a brake on Iran's winning streak in the final of disabled futsal event in Jeddah Wednesday.

Supported by home fans packing the Abdel Aziz University hall, Saudi Arabia defeated the Iranian side 5-2, grabbing the glittering gold.

On its way to the final, Iran edged past Iraq, Bangladesh, Lebanon, and Algeria.

In its Saturday's opening clash in Group B, Iran crushed Iraq 6-0 and clobbered Bangladesh 20-0 Sunday.

The formidable Iranian side thrashed Lebanon 12-0, advancing to the last four along with Saudi Arabia, Algeria, and Iraq.

Iran Tuesday beat Algeria 5-2 to storm into the final.

KARATE

IRAN STEALS THE SHOW

Iran was crowned at the karate competitions in Medina Wednesday.

The powerful Iranian team stood top among 33 states with five golds, two silvers, and one bronze.

Morocco finished runner-up with an asset of one gold and three silvers and Republic of Azerbaijan stood third, winning one gold, two silver, and one bronze medals.

Egypt, Kuwait, and Algeria ranked fourth to sixth respectively.

Iran won the glittering gold in kumite competitions Wednesday. In the final showdown, the powerful Iranian team overcame Morocco while Egypt and Algeria tied at No. 3.

Iran had already overcome Kuwait and Egypt.

Kumite competitions started in Medina Tuesday. Thirty-two teams participated in the event.

Jassem Vishgahi and Mehran Behnamfar handed Iran two silver medals in the Islamic karate competitions in Medina Monday.

In 75 kg, Vishgahi finished runner-up as he lost 4-2 to a karateka from Republic of Azerbaijan.

The bronze jointly went to Syrian and Turkish representatives.

In open competitions, Behnamfar was beaten by his Turkish rival 4-1 in the final.

A Saudi karateka and a player from Senegal bagged bronze jointly.

Iran's 60 kg karateka, Hossein Rowhani, won the gold medal in the first Islamic States' Solidarity Games in Medina Sunday.

The veteran karateka beat Joseph from Republic of Azerbaijan in the final.

A representative from Saudi Arabia bagged bronze.

Iran's -70 kg karateka, Mansour Hassan-Beigi, finished third in the first Islamic States' Solidarity Games in Medina, Sunday.

Hassan-Beigi whitewashed his Afghan and Malaysian rivals 8-0 and 5-0 respectively on the second day of competitions.

The Iranian conceded a 10-8 loss to a karateka from Republic of Azerbaijan in his third clash, but he managed to beat Kuwait's representative in the additional time and narrowly defeat a Moroccan player 5-4 to snatch the bronze medal.

Mohsen Ashrafi Saturday handed Iran the first gold in individual kata.

Malek Mehrabi, Afshin Hemmati-Moqaddam, and Mostafa Pour-Jalali, won the gold medal in team kata competitions.

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