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Iran wins Asian freestyle wrestling crown

Almaty, April 8, IRNA-Iran stood top at the 19th Asian men's freestyle wrestling bouts in this Kazakh city Friday night.

With an asset of two gold, one silver, and three bronze medals, Iran stole the show on 55 points.

The host Kazakhstan stood second with three golds and two bronzes (54 points) and Japan finished third on 38 points.

Rezaei representing Iran in 55 kg outpointed his rivals from the United Arab Emirates and Japan, grabbing the coveted gold after extending his winning streak with a victory over the North Korean finalist.

In 60 kg, Morad Mohammadi gave the country a silver as he conceded a loss to the North Korean finalist.

In 74 kg, Hadi Habibi won the gold for Iran with a victory over a Chinese representative.

Iranian coaches protested the result as the North Korean grabbed the winner after time, but the Arbitration Committee shrugged off.

In 84 kg, Iran's representative Majid Khodaei edged a wrestler from Kyrgyzstan, but conceded a loss in his second fight against his Uzbek opponent.

Khodaei, however, was not eliminated as the Uzbek wrestler advanced to the final, bagging bronze with two easy wins over representatives of Qatar and Japan.

In 96 kg, Hamed Seifi snatched a bronze, beating his Uzbek opponent Oleg Kalagov.

Iran took another bronze as Mohammad-Hadi Pour-Alijan finished third in 120 kg class.

The competitions kicked off Thursday.

According to reports, 200 wrestlers from Kazakhstan, Iran, Uzbekistan, the United Arab Emirates, Tajikistan, Taiwan, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, North Korea, Mongolia, and Vietnam have participated in the men's and women's freestyle and Greco-Roman events.

The competitions will run through Sunday.

Iranian teams consists of 14 wrestlers and 16 officials.

Greco-Roman wrestlers started their two-day rivalry Saturday.

Hereunder comes the list of Iranian wrestlers and officials:


55 kg: Mohammad Rezaei, Hadi Hajian (substitute)
60 kg: Morad Mohammadi
66 kg: Hassan Tahmasbi
74 kg: Hadi Habibi, Ali-Asghar Bazri (substitute)
84 kg: Majid Khodaei
96 kg: Hamid Seifi
120 kg: Mohammad-Hadi Pour-Alijan
Coaches: Abbas Jadidi, Touraj Zafari, Esmaeil Dengarsaraki Technical coach: Mohsen Kaveh
Fitness coach: Kianoush E'temad-Moqaddam
Physician: Babak Shadegan
Judges: Bahman Talebi, Hamzeh Sharifi
Head: Hassan Beheshtian


55 kg: Hamid Bani-Tamim
60 kg: Ali Ashkani or Yassin Bahrami
66 kg: Mehdi Tavakkoli
74 kg: Davoud Abedinzadeh
84 kg: Qassem Rezaei
96 kg: Reza Farzizadeh
120: Sajjad Barzi
Coaches: Farhad Esmaeil-Nejad, Nasser Nourbakhsh, Nader Mashrouteh Fitness Coach: Shahram Nikbakht
Head: Hassan Beheshtian

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