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Teenaged Alizadeh hands Iran first Asian Greco-Roman gold

Tokyo, July 29, IRNA-Mohsen Alizadeh won Iran's first gold medal at the Asian 16-17 Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships in Japan Friday.

The Iranian wrestler managed to beat the representative of Kazakhstan in the 54 kg final.

Iran had already bagged a bronze medal in the 42 kg category as Amin Souri finished third.

The Asian powerhouse Iran eyes five more golds following its teenagers' advancement to the finals.

Sadeq Sohrabi, Alireza Heidari-Asl, Mehdi Modarressi, Behnam Azizabadi, and Mohammad-Reza Akbari have cruised into 58, 63, 76, 85, and 100 kg finals respectively.

India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Uzbekistan have pitted their wrestlers at the Asian tournament.

Iran finished runner-up to India at the Asian 16-17 freestyle meet ended Thursday.

The Iranian team snatched three golds, two silvers, and two bronzes, ranking second on 77 points.

India celebrated the title with an asset of three gold, four silver, and three bronze medals, bringing the subcontinent state 90 points.

Japan took the third title on 60 points as it won one gold, one silver, and one bronze.

Thirteen teams from Japan, India, Iran, South Korea, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Taiwan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates competed at the Asian event.

... Payvand News - 7/29/05 ... --

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