Iran freestyle wrestler wins gold medal in Asiad

Iranian freestyle wrestler Masoud Esmailpour reacts after winning a gold medal in men’s 61-kg division at the 2014 Asian Games on September 29, 2014.

Iranian freestyle wrestler, Masoud Esmailpour, has displayed his skills at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea, collecting a gold medal for his country.

On Monday, the 26-year-old Iranian sportsman overcame Uzbekistan’s Jamshid Kenjaev 11-1 in his opening round contest of men’s 61-kg weight category at the Dowon Gymnasium in the city of Incheon, located 48 km (30 miles) west of the capital, Seoul.

He prevailed over his South Korean rival, Seungchul Lee, 7-2 in the next match to march into the semifinal round.

Esmailpour defeated Kazakh wrestler, Daulet Niyazbekov, 8-3 in the semifinal, and booked the ticket for the final.

He downed his Indian opponent, Bajrang Bajrang 6-4, in the last encounter and collected the gold medal.

This comes as Iranian wrestler, Reza Yazdani, bagged a gold medal in the men’s freestyle 97-kilogram wrestling at the 2014 Asian Games on Sunday after outclassing Magomed Musaev from Kyrgyzstan 14-4.

The 2014 Asian Games began in South Korea’s northwestern city of Incheon on September 19, and will wrap up on October 4.

Some 9,500 athletes from 45 countries are competing at the Games. The sports event is 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 tournament with 276 athletes in 22 sports.

By Press TV


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