News ID: 302059
Published: 0213 GMT April 11, 2021

Iran’s FS wrestlers secure complete squad for Tokyo Olympics

Iran’s FS wrestlers secure complete squad for Tokyo Olympics

Iran’s Mohammad-Hossein Mohammadian (blue) secured a 97kg freestyle wrestling quota for Iran at the Tokyo Olympics.

Sports Desk

Freestyle wrestlers Amir-Mohammad Yazdani, Younes Emami, and Mohammad-Hossein Mohammadian secured three quota places for Iran at the Tokyo Olympics by reaching the final bout of their respective weight classes at the Asian Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Sunday’s triumph means a complete six-man squad will represent the country at the freestyle wrestling event of next July’s Games.

In the men’s 97kg contests, Mohammadian, having beaten Japan’s Naoya Akaguma (11-0) and Zyýamuhammet Saparow of Turkmenistan (15-4), outmuscled India’s Satyawart Kadian 10-0 in the semis.

Emami, a world bronze medalist in 2019, beat China’s Menghejigan (11-0) before overcoming Sandeep Singh Mann 10-0 in the last-four bout of the 74kg competitions.

Yazdani, meanwhile, outpowered Bahraini Haji Mohammad Ali 10-0 to reach the 65kg final.

The Iranian had beaten Kuwait’s Mohammad Abdulkareem (10-0) in the quarters.

The two finalists of every weight division are handed a place in the Olympics.

Three Iranians had already guaranteed Tokyo berths through the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan.

Iranian sensation Hassan Yazdani secured the slot by winning the gold with Reza Atri (57kg) and Yadollah Mohebbi (125kg) making it to Tokyo with last-four finishes in the world meet.

Earlier in Almaty, Iran’s three-man Greco-Roman team had taken the country’s quotas to a total five by winning two gold medals at the competition.

Mohammadreza Geraei won the 67kg contests, with Mohammad-Hadi Saravi coming on top at the 97kg division.

Hossein Nouri failed to book a ticket for Tokyo after falling down to a defeat against Fei Peng of China in the 87kg semifinal.

The Iranian will be given a second chance at the world qualifiers in Sofia, Bulgaria, in early May.









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