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Asian Games 2014: Iran targets fourth place

Source: Tehran Times

Iran is going to end fourth place in the 2014 Asian Games underway in Incheon, South Korea. The Iranian athletes have won 14 gold medals so far, one gold medal behind Kazakhstan in the medal table. Iran claimed four gold medals on Tuesday and now two gold medals would take them above Kazakhstan in the table.

Iran could win more gold medals in Greco-Roman wrestling, taekwondo, karate, volleyball, basketball and boxing in coming days.

Two Iranian Greco-Roman wrestlers won gold medals on Tuesday.

Habibollah Akhlaghi won the gold medal in the men's 80 kg after beating Tsukasa Tsurumaki from Japan 5-1.

Mahdi Aliyari also clinched the gold in the men's 98 kg, where he defeated Di Xiao from China 8-0.

"Iran should have won three gold medals but the refereeing decisions went against Saeid Abdevali and our wrestler was unfairly lost to South Korean wrestler," Iran coach Ahad Pazaj said.

In athletic, 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist Ehsan Hadadi snatched a gold medal with a throw of 65.11 meters.

"I dedicate my gold medal to my president Hassan Rouhani," Hadadi said in the medal ceremony.

Indian Vikas Gowda Shive Gowda and Qatari Ahmed Mohammed Dheeb won the silver and bronze medals with 62.58 and 61.25 meters respectively.

And taekwondo athlete Masoud Hajizavareh seized a gold medal in the men -74 kg after defeating Uzbekistan's Nikita Rafalovich 3-2.

Until now, Iran has bagged 14 gold medals, 11 silver and 10 bronze medals.

China remains on top with 125 gold medals and 267 overall. Host South Korea is second with 54 gold medals, while Japan is third with 37 gold medals.

Some 9,500 athletes from 45 countries are competing at the Games, the world's second-biggest multi-sport event after the summer Olympics, with 439 gold medals in 36 sports up for grabs.

Iran has participated in the games with 276 athletes in 22 sports.

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