Budapest, Oct 3, IRNA-Hungary celebrated the 2005 world men's Greco-Roman wrestling title in its capital on Sunday night. The host country lifted the trophy with two silvers and two bronzes, winning 41 points.
Russia finished runner-up with an asset of one gold, one silver, and one bronze, bringing 27 points.
Turkey ranked third on 26 points as it garnered one gold and two bronze medals.
The fourth to 10th titles went to Cuba, Bulgaria, South Korea, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Iran with 25, 24, 23, 23, 20, 20, and 19 points respectively.
Iran restored some prestige in the 49th edition of world Greco-Roman bouts by bagging two colorful medals.
The country had a dream start in the event when the whiz-kid Hamid Sourian-Reyhanpour cleared all opponents in the 55 kg class to stood on the highest podium.
But Sourian's gold medal was overshadowed by elimination of his teammates in five weight categories.
The story, however, had a happy ending as Ali Ashkani snatched a silver in the 60 kg contests late on Sunday.
IRAN TO HOST 2006 BOUTS
Although the results in the 2005 world men's freestyle bouts left a bitter taste on Iranians' palate, they were happy to hear the news that the world wrestling's governing body FILA announced the country the host to the 2006 world freestyle competitions.
In a FILA board of directors' meeting in Budapest, attended by FILA supremo Raphael Martinetti, Iran was officially named as the host to the next year's prestigious sporting event.
Turkey and Hungary had also offered their bids.
Iran stood sixth in the 2005 freestyle meet with the sole bronze Morad Mohammadi snatched in the 60 kg category.
Russia was crowned and Cuba, Georgia, Ukraine, and Bulgaria stood second to fifth respectively.
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