The ninth day of the Islamic Solidarity Games saw Iranian athletes collect another six gold medals.
The rewards came in Greco-Roman wrestling, weightlifting, para archery, and cycling events in in Konya, Turkey.
On Saturday – the final day of the wrestling competitions – reigning world champion Ali-Akbar Yousefi proved to be in a different class as he beat Turkey’s Osman Yildırım 3-2 in the 130kg final – a third Greco-Roman gold for Iran.
Ramin Taheri fell to an 11-2 defeat against Uzbekistan’s Jalgasbay Berdimuratov and took the 87kg silver, while Mohammad-Javad Rezaei (67kg) and Amin Kavianinejad (77kg) finished the Games with a couple of bronze medals in their respective weight classes.
Mir-Mostafa Javadi collected the first weightlifting golds for Iran in Konya, standing atop the men’s 81kg podiums twice.
The Iranian – winner of two world silvers last year – had to settle for a runner-up spot in the snatch contest, thanks to a 163kg lift – 1kg short of Uzbek Mukhammadkodir Toshtemirov’s tally – Javadi’s compatriot Hossein Soltani took the bronze with 158kg.
Javadi then went on to raise 201kg above his head for the ultimate prize of the clean & jerk event – collecting the total gold with 364kg.
Soltani grabbed the C&J bronze, courtesy of a successful 192kg attempt.
Following a stellar opening day of the para archery competitions, Iranians kept up the momentum to bag a remarkable eight medals – including two golds – on the second day.
The men’s recurve bow individual contest was dominated by the Iranians, as Mohammadreza Arab Ameri won the gold, with Gholamreza Rahimi and Asghar Zareinejad taking the silver and bronze medals respectively.
In the women’s category, Somayeh Rahimi added a silver to Iran’s medal haul after a defeat against home favorite Merve Nur Eroğlu in the final.
Hadi Nouri edged Turkey’s Erdoğan Aygan 142-139 for the men’s compound bow individual gold, and Ali-Sina Manshazadeh finished third.
Farzaneh Asgari and Maryam Yavarpour stood behind Turkish archer Öznur Cüre in the women’s compound bow table respectively – taking their combined tally to five medals in the Games.
The para archery event came to a glittering finish for the Iranians, who scooped five golds and silvers apiece, coupled with three bronze medals.
Elsewhere in the Games, Mohammad Ganjkhanlou won the sole cycling gold for Iran, coming out on top at the men’s road race – followed by Algerian Youcef Reguigui and Yousif Mirza of the United Arab Emirates.
Mandana Dehqan clinched a second medal of the day for the country, finishing third in the women’s road race – with Uzbek duo Olga Zabelinskaya and Margarita Misyurina grabbing the gold and silver respectively.