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Iranian wrestler Hamid Sourian wins 55kg Olympics gold medal


Source: Press TV

Iranian Greco-Roman wrestler Hamid Sourian has won the gold medal in the men's 55-kg category following victory over his Azerbaijani opponent in the 2012 London Olympics.

Hamid Sourian

The 26-year-old Iranian athlete, who had overcome his Kyrgyz, Hungarian and Danish rivals in his march to the final bout, defeated Rovshan Bayramov from Azerbaijan on Sunday in the category's last match.

Sourian defeated Bayramov 2-0 in the first 2 minutes, and 1-0 in the second to claim the gold.

The wrestler's gold medal marks the first after 40 years of the national Iranian Greco-Roman team's participation in the Olympic games.


On Friday night, Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami of Iran won the bronze medal in the 85kg competitions in the London 2012 Olympic Games with an aggregate of 380kg.

Rostami, 21, lifted 171kg in snatch and 209kg in clean and jerk to bag the first medal for Iran in this year's Olympic Games. He missed his 214kg clean and jerk to win the gold.

Iran has dispatched a team of 54 athletes to London's 2012 Olympics contesting in a variety of fields, including archery, table tennis, wrestling, weightlifting, rowing, boxing, track and field, swimming and taekwondo.

More than 10,000 athletes from over 200 nations are participating in London's 2012 summer Olympic Games.

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