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News number: 9104253245

23:31 | 2012-08-07

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Rezaei Wins 3rd Olympic Gold Medal for Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Ghasem Gholamreza Rezaei won Russia's Rustam Totrov in the final match of the 96kg category of the Greco-Roman wrestling competitions at ExCel and gave Iran a third gold medal in the London 2012 Olympic Games Tuesday evening.



Rezaei overpowered wrestlers from Turkey, Armenia and Cuba before defeating Russia's Totrov in the first and second periods with similar results of 1-0 in the final, which brought him an Olympic gold medal.

Rezaei's medal was Iran's third gold in the London Olympics.

On Sunday, Iran's five-time world champion Hamid Sourian Reihanpour won the country's first gold medal in the London Olympic Games after defeating Azerbaijan's Greco-Roman wrestler in the 55kg category Rovshan Bayramov in the final match.

Sourian had a wonderful start in the London Games and won wrestlers from Hungary, Kazakhstan and Denmark before meeting Bayramov in the final.

Sourian's medal was not just Iran's first gold in the London 2012 Olympics, but the country's first-ever Greco-Roman wrestling gold medal in Olympic games throughout the history.

Also, Iran's Greco-Roman world champion Omid Haji Norouzi won Georgia's Revaz Lashkhi in the final match of the men's 60kg category at ExCeL Monday evening and gave the country a second gold medal in the London Olympics.

Norouzi overpowered wrestlers from China, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan and Japan before defeating Georgia's Lashkhi in the first and second periods with similar results of 1-0 in the final and earning a gold medal.

Iran's weightlifters Navab Nasirshelal and Kianoosh Rostami had also earlier earned silver and bronze medals in the London Games, respectively.

USD 165,000-state rewards will be waiting for Iranian gold medal winners as soon as they return home.