Source: Press TV
Iranian professional boxer Ehsan Rouzbahani has experienced a bitter defeat at the boxing tournaments of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and subsequently dumped out of the high-status international multi-sport event.
On Sunday evening, 28-year-old Rouzhabani lost his men's light heavy 81-kilogram Round of 32 bout against Peter Mullenberg of the Netherlands 3-0.
The Dutch boxer made swift and fluid movements throughout the first round, and could resist Rouzbahani's attacks to narrowly take it by 29 points to 28.
The Iranian fighter sharply intensified his spell of pressure on Mullenberg as the competition progressed ands extended into the second round. The 28-year-old Dane eventually managed to get away and repeat the first round's result.
Rouzbahani faded in the closing stages of the decisive third round, and Mullenberg prevailed 29-28 to break his Iranian opponent and pull off a victory.
"I cannot understand why I was declared the loser. All would admit that I delivered a better performance than the Dutch representative.
"I have overcome opponents much stronger than Mullenberg. Judges sealed my today's defeat. Even though my rival committed fouls on a number of occasions, he had his hand raised in victory as the winner," Rouzbahani said with tears running down his cheeks.
Iran's Deputies for Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Nasrollah Sajjadi and Manaf Hashemi besides President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shooting Federation Mohammad Ali Shiojaei embraced Rouzabani in turns and tried to calm him down.
All three Iranian table tennis players eliminated
On Saturday, Nima Alamian, who had overcome Kanak Jha of the United States 4-1, with the set scores of 11-3, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9 and 12-11, in the preliminary round of men's singles competitions at the third pavilion of Riocentro the previous day, lost to Romanian opponent Ovidiu Ionescu 1-4.
Iranian table tennis players Noshad (L) and Nima Alamian (file photo)
Ionescu, who moved up one place in the August edition of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings to land in the 78th spot in the world, started the first set robustly and took it by eleven points to six.
The Romanian paddler maintained the lead in the second set and even though Alamian made strenuous efforts to draw level, Ionescu chalked up a resounding 11-6 victory.
Alamian sought to rebound from his two straight losses in the third set, and was tailing Ionescu point-by-point when he just fell short and ceded the set 11-9.
The young Iranian tennis player went to great lengths in the fourth period, and managed to turn the tide. He clinched the set 11-9.
Ionescu regained his dominance in the decider, and widened the deficit to gain a convincing 11-4 win.
Additionally, Nima's elder brother Noshad achieved an off draw in the preliminary round before slumping to Slovenian counterpart Bojan Tokič 4-1.
Iranian table tennis player Neda Shahsavari (file photo)
Iranian female paddler Neda Shahsavari also suffered a close 3-4 loss against Belarusian Aleksandra Privalova in the first round, and had to bid farewell to the tournament.
The defeats meant that Iran's three-strong table tennis delegation was knocked out of the table tennis matches of the Rio Olympic Games, which opened on August 6 and will run through August 17.
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