Iranian freestyler Hassan Yazdani brought home the first freestyle gold medal of his country’s national squad at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan city of Kazakhstan.
Iran’s freestyle wrestling team have won their first gold medal in the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in Kazakhstan courtesy of Hassan Yazdani in the 86-kilogram category.
The 2016 Olympics and 2017 World Champion won gold after his Indian opponent Deepak Punia pulled out of the final due to injury.
The Iranian wrestler had reached the showpiece after defeating rivals from San Marino, Russia, Hungary and Puerto Rico.
Also on Sunday, Behnam Ehsanpour, who had narrowly lost out on a place in the final of the 61-kilogram division, claimed bronze for Iran following an 8-0 routing of Abbos Rakhmonov of Uzbekistan in the bronze medal repechage.
The other Iranian freestyle wrestler Alireza Karimi grabbed a silver medal in the weight category of 92 kg at the World Championships.
Karimi overpowered wrestlers from Russia and Ukraine, but in the final stage the Iranian wrestler was beaten by his American rival and stood in second place.
The Iranian freestyle team concluded its campaign at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in Kazakhstan with one gold, one bronze and two silver medals, finishing fourth behind Russia, the hosts and the United States.
The event serves as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad or Tokyo 2020, is an upcoming international multi-sport event that is scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, with preliminary events in some sports beginning on July 22.