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Publish Date: 13:13 - 05 March 2017
Iranian wrestlers have continued to feature praiseworthy performances at the 21st edition of Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers and Coaches Memorial, and scooped more honor to boost the Islamic Republic’s medal count to eight.
 Iran’s freestyle wrestler Payman Biabani overcame representatives from the host nation and Romania in his first two contests of the 61-kilogram weight class at the Palace of Sports in the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev on Saturday.

He, however, lost to an opponent from Azerbaijan 3-9 in the semi-final round and had to participate in the repechage round. He defeated 29-year-old Bulgarian wrestler Vladimir Dubov and won the bronze.

Hamed Rashidi picked up a silver medal for the Iranian team in the 70-kilogram division, and Saeed Qiyasi settled for the 86-kilogram bronze.

Earlier in the tournament, Iranian freestyle wrestler Reza Atari had received a bronze medal in the 57-kilogram weight category. Reza Afzali and Hossein Shahbazi got a gold and bronze medal in the 74-kilogram and 97-kilogram sections respectively.

Moreover, Iranian Greco-Roman wrestler Shirzad Beheshti pocketed a silver medal for the Islamic Republic in the 59-kilogram class.

Farshad Belfakkeh was awarded the gold medal in the 71-kilogram class, and clinched the title.

The 21st edition of Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers and Coaches Memorial began in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 2, and finished on March 4, 2017.

The tournament brought together dozens of freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers from various countries, namely Algeria, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, India, Iran, Japan, Mongolia, Romania, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States.
(Press TV)
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