TEHRAN - The Iranian men’s doubles table tennis team of Noshad and Nima Alamian was defeated by the Chinese squad and received a bronze medal at the 19th edition of the Asian Games in China.
On Sunday, the Iranian sportsmen suffered a bitter 0-4 loss (4-11, 3-11, 3-11, and 6-11) to China’s Zhendong Fan and Chuqin Wang in their semifinal clash at the Gongshu Canal Sports Park Gymnasium in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, and claimed the third spot.
This came a day after Noshad and Nima Alamian defeated the Japanese pair of Taisei Matsushita and Mizuki Oikawa 3-0 (11-6,11-8, 11-5) in the quarterfinals to advance to the last-four match of the competition.
A record high of nearly 12,500 athletes from 45 countries and territories compete across 40 sports in the prestigious continental multi-sport event.
Iran has sent 289 male and female athletes to the Games in 34 sports events.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has so far collected a total of 27 medals – three golds, twelve silvers, and twelve bronzes – at the Asian Games, and currently stands in the 11th place.
China leads the standings with 222 medals, including 116 golds. South Korea is in the second slot with 118 medals, among them 30 golds while Japanese athletes rank third, having won 29 golds and 106 medals in total.