TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (Mehr News Agency)-- Iran's gold medal favorite Hamid Surian lost to Russian and S. Korean rivals on Tuesday and failed to get any medal in the Beijing Olympics.
The Greco-Roman 55kg lost to Nazyr Mankiev in the quarter-final round. Surian has dominated the category over the past three years, winning three consecutive world titles and two Asian championship gold medals, but lost 3-1 on classification points after he tied 4-4 on technical points with Mankiev.
He was upset again in the bronze medal match by South Korea's Park Eun-Chul. Park had already lost to him in the final of the 2007 world championship.
Mankiev won the gold, defeating Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan in the best-of-three match by a score of 4-3, 2-2.
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