0121 GMT May 09, 2021
Iranian Greco-Roman wrestlers Mohammad-Reza Geraei and Mohammad-Hadi Saravi secured a couple of quota places for the Tokyo Olympics by reaching the final bouts of their respective weight classes at the Asian Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
On Friday, Geraei, representing the country at the men’s 67kg contests, outmuscled Asian bronze medalist Ashu Ashu of India 9-0 to in the semifinal bout.
The Iranian had beaten Sheroz Ochilov (8-0) of Tajikestan before overcoming Jordan’s Ahmed Dahshan by the same scoreline in the quarters.
In the men’s 97kg event, Saravi, having beaten Uzbekistan’s Jahongir Turdiev in the last-eight bout, outpowered Chinese Yanan Chen 10-2 to step into the final.
The two finalists of every weight division are handed a place in next July’s Games.
Iranian 87kg wrestler Hossein Nouri failed to book a place for Tokyo after falling down to a defeat against Fei Peng of China in the last-four contest.
Nouri will be given a chance again at the world qualifiers in Sofia, Bulgaria, in early May.
Three Iranians had already secured Tokyo berths through the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan.
Alireza Nejati (60kg) and Mohammad-Ali Geraei (77kg) finished their campaigns in Nur-Sultan with a couple of bronze medals and will be present in the Games, while in the 130kg division, Amir Qassemi Monjezi reached the semis to qualify for Tokyo.
Both Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling completions in Tokyo will be held in six weight classes.