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4/10/06

Iran ranks third at Asian Greco-Roman wrestling meet

Almaty, April 10, IRNA-Iran finished third at the 19th Asian Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships here Sunday.

Winning one gold, one silver, and two bronzes, Iran followed the champion Kazakhstan and runner-up South Korea.

Kazakhstan stole the show at home with three golds, one silver, and two bronzes and South Korea bagged three gold and three bronze medals.

Iran's sole gold came as Davoud Abedinzadeh overcame his Kyrgyz rival in the 74 kg final.

Sajjad Barzi representing the country in the 120 kg was defeated by a finalist from the host country in the final showdown, snatching the silver.

Qassem Rezaei handed Iran the 84 kg bronze medal with a victory over the Kazakh wrestler.

Iran's 55 kg representative, Hamid Bani-Tamim, had already won the bronze.

The wrestler, who snatched a victory over his Japanese rival and lost to a South Korean representative, took the bronze medal Saturday with a win over the Kazakh wrestler.

In the 60 kg, Iran's representative Hadi Hajian was knocked out of the tournament, losing to his South Korean opponent.

In the 66 kg, Mehdi Tavakkoli from Iran stood fifth as he was beaten by an Uzbek wrestler in the third-place clash.

Reza Farzizadeh, the country's 96 kg wrestler, tore a thigh ligament during his fight against Uzbekistan's representative, pulling out of bronze bout due to his injury and ranking fifth.

FREESTYLE TITLE

Iran stood top at the freestyle bouts Friday.

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

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

In the 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 the 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 the 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 the 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 competed in the men's and women's freestyle and Greco-Roman events.

Iranian teams consisted of 14 wrestlers and 16 officials.

Hereunder comes the list of Iranian wrestlers and officials:

FREESTYLE

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
OFFICIALS
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

GRECO-ROMAN

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

 

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