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2018 Asian Games: Iran Wins Gold in Volleyball, Silver in Basketball and Bronze in Water Polo

Report by Masoud Hossein, Tehran Times

Iran national volleyball team defeated South Korea to take a gold medal on Saturday at the 2018 Asian Games. Meanwhile, Iran basketball team lost to China in the final match to take the silver and Iran national water polo team defeated China to take the bronze after 44 years of waiting for a medal.

Iran volleyball beat South Korea to win gold at Asiad

Iran national volleyball team took a gold medal on Saturday at the 2018 Asian Games, bringing the nation's total gold medal count to 20.  Team Melli eased past South Korea 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-21) at GBK Volleyball Indoor for their second straight gold medal.

Iran Volleyball Team

Earlier Saturday, Chinese Taipei beat Qatar 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 17-25, 25-16) to win the bronze medal.

Iranian athletes had previously won 19 gold medals in the Games.

Iran basketball fail to end title drought at Asiad

Iran basketball team failed to end title drought at the Asian after losing to China in the final match.  The Iranian team were defeated to China 84-72 at the Gelora Bung Karno Istora.

Iran Basketball Team

Abudushalamu Abudurexiti, who played for the Golden State Warriors' NBA Summer League team earlier this year, scored 20 points to lead a balanced China offensive.

Former Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi led Iran with 27 points.

Earlier on the day, South Korea claimed the bronze medal with an 89-81 decision over Chinese Taipei.

Ricardo Ratliffe had 37 points and 17 rebounds as the Koreans fought off a fourth-quarter rally by Chinese Taipei to make it to the podium.

Iran water polo team wins medal after 44 years at Asiad

Iran national water polo team ended decades of wait for winning a medal at the Asian Games. Team Melli defeated China 16-15 on penalty shootout (8-8 in the regular time) at the GBK - Aquatic Center in Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday.

Iran Water Polo Team

Iran won their first medal since 1974 Asian Games, where Team Melli defeated China in the final match.

Soon after the bronze medal match, Iran captain Ali Piroozkhah announced his retirement from the sport.

Other Sports

Freestyle wrestlers Hassan Yazdani (86kg), Alireza Karimi (97kg) and Parviz Hadi (125kg) had also snatched three gold medals.

Greco-Roman wrestlers Mohammadali Geraei and Hossein Nouri won two gold medals in the 77kg and 87kg.

Taekwondo practitioner Saeid Rajabi also claimed a gold medal in the 80kg.

Mirhashem Hosseini also won a gold medal in the 63kg.

Erfan Ahangarian bagged a gold medal in wushu after defeating Wang Xuetao from China 2-1 in the final match of the Men's Sanda -60kg.

Another wushu practitioner Mohsen Mohammadseifi claimed his third successive gold medal in the Asian Games after beating his Chinese rival Shi Zhanwei 2-0.

Climber Reza Alipour also gained Iran's third gold medal on Day 5.

Women's and men's kabaddi teams won two gold medals in the Games.

Weightlifter Sohrab Moradi won gold in the men's 94kg class.

Karate practitioner Sajad Ganjzadeh and Bahman Asgari claimed two gold medals in the men's +84kg and -75kg respectively.

Weightlifter Behdad Salimi won the gold medal with a total of 461kg in the men's 105kg.

Hossein Keyhani claimed a gold medal in 3000m steeplechase.

Ehsan Hadadi seized a gold medal in the men's discus throw.

The 18th Asian Games stage 465 events out of 40 sports, among which 330 events from 32 sports will feature in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Games, attracting more than 10,000 athletes, will run through Sept. 2.

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