Iran's Haji Norouzi Wins Gold Medal in World Wrestling Championships
TEHRAN (FNA)- Even after two of its athletes lost the chance to grab a medal when they abstained from wrestling with Israeli rivals, Iran showed its domination over the world of wrestling after Omid Haji Norouzi won the country another gold medal at the 2011 FILA World Wrestling Championships underway in Istanbul, Turkey.
Iran, Belarus and Turkey split the gold medals in the men's Greco-Roman categories at the 2011 senior World Wrestling Championship on Wednesday.
In the 60kg class, the gold went to Iran's Omid Haji Norouzi who beat Almat Kepispayev of Kazakhstan, while the bronze was shared by Zaur Kuramagomedov of Russia and Ivo Serafimov Angelov of Bulgaria on Tuesday.
Iran's Bashir Asgari Babanjazadeh shared the bronze medal with Nurmakhan Tinaliyev of Kazakhstan. The Iranian wrestler beat Nurmakhan Tinaliyev from Kazakhstan in the 120kg category. In the same class, Riza Kayaalp from Turkey won the gold after beating Cuba's Mijain Lopez.
The competitions are being held at Istanbul's Sinan Erdem Dome in the categories of men's freestyle, men's Greco-Roman and women wrestling.
The FILA 2011 senior world championship will run through Sep 18 and the top six in each Olympic weight category will secure a place for the London 2012 Olympics.
Over 800 wrestlers have participated in the event.