News ID: 315158
Published: 0157 GMT July 31, 2021

Iran’s Nejati, Mirzadeh facing tough draw at Olympics GR event

Iran’s Nejati, Mirzadeh facing tough draw at Olympics GR event
IRNA

Iran’s Amin Mirzadeh (L) amd Alireza Nejati will compete in the first day of the Greco-Roman wrestling event of the Tokyo Olympics.

Sports Desk

The first day of the Greco-Roman wrestling contests of the Tokyo Olympics sees Iran’s Alireza Nejati face Armenian Armen Melikyan in the first round of the men’s 60kg weight class on Sunday.

A victory over the world under-23 champion in 2019, will send Nejati into the quarterfinal bout against either Rio 2016 bronze medalist, Elmurat Tasmuradov of Uzbekistan, or Ukrainian Lenur Temirov.

The host’s two-time world champion Kenichiro Fumita and China’s Sailike Walihan, a world bronze medalist in 2018, are in the same half of the draw with Nejati.

Meanwhile, in the men’s 130kg competitions, Amin Mirzadeh will begin his campaign agianst Kim Min-seok of South Korea, a world bronze winner in 2018.

Should Mirzadeh overcome the South Korean, he will most likely face Cuban sensation Mijain Lopez, who will be chasing a fourth consecutive Olympic gold, in the quarters.

Turkey’s Riza Kayaalp, the beaten finalist in Rio five years ago, is also in the upper side of the bracket with Mirzadeh.

 

 

   
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