Iranians commemorate legendary free-style wrestler’s death anniversary

A file photo of Iran’s legendary free-style wrestler Gholam-Reza Takhti

Iranians from the four corners of the country have gathered in the Iranian capital, Tehran, to mark the 47th anniversary of the death of legendary free-style wrestler Gholam-Reza Takhti.

The wrestling world champion was born in the Khaniabad south of the Iranian capital Tehran on August 27, 1930, and passed away on January 7, 1968. Takhti was found dead in a hotel room in Tehran.

Takhti, commonly referred to as Jahān Pahlevān (world champion), was laid to rest at Ibn-e Babouyeh cemetery in southern Tehran, where the memorial ceremonies for Takhti are held.

Takhti won the first international medal to be gained by an Iranian wrestler at the world freestyle championships in Helsinki, Finland, in 1951.

In 1952, Takhti repeated his silver medal at Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

He won an Olympic gold medal during Olympic Games in the Australian city of Melbourne in 1956, and a silver medal in the Olympic Games in the Italian capital of Rome in 1960.

Takhti is the most famous wrestler in Iran’s history and the symbol of sportsmanship for Iranians.

When a terrible earthquake hit Boein Zahra in western Iran in 1961, killing thousands of people, Takhti was among the first people who volunteered to collect humanitarian aid for the affected people there.

Takhti was also famous for acting fairly when competing against his rivals.

By Press TV


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