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Photos: People in Shiraz Celebrate Omid Norouzi's Gold Medal

Photos by Mohsen Tavaro, Mehr News Agency

There were spontaneous and joyous celebrations in the streets of Shiraz, southern Iran, on Monday night after Iranian Greco-Roman wrestler Omid Norouzi won the Olympics gold medal in the men's 60-kg category. People gathered inside and around Norouzi's house, and in the streets, waving flags and celebrating.

Norouzi defeated Revaz Lashkhi from Georgia to claim the gold. The 26-year-old Iranian athlete had overcome his Chinese, Bulgarian, Kazakh and Japanese rivals in his march to the final bout on Monday.

Omid Norouzi's parents

Norouzi's victory came after another Iranian Greco-Roman wrestler Hamid Sourian won the gold medal in the men's 55-kg category on Sunday. Sourian's gold medal marked the first after 40 years of the national Iranian Greco-Roman team's participation in the Olympic Games.


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