News ID: 126296
Publish Date : 16 April 2024 - 21:57

Greco-Roman Wrestlers Win Asian Championship in Bishkek

TEHRAN – Iranian Greco-Roman wrestlers clinched 9 medals and secured the championship title in the 2024 Asian Wrestling Championship,  in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Naser Alizadeh and Amin Mirzazadeh and Muhammad Hadi Saravi claimed four gold medals in the event.
Mirzazadeh showed once again how unstoppable he, as he rolled Minseok Kim (KOR) two times for all the points he needed in a 5-0 victory in the 130kg final.
“I really practiced hard for this and tried a lot to be able to create a significant difference with the other competitors and it makes me happy,” Mirzazadeh said.
It was the first time in three matches that the Iranian didn’t end it with enough gut wrenches from par terre, but it still got the job done.
Mirzazadeh had beaten Kim previously in the first round of the Tokyo Olympics, where he ended up taking a disappointing fifth by losing to the legendary Riza Kayaalp (TUR) in the bronze-medal match.
Mirzazadeh lost to Kayaalp again in the final of the 2022 worlds, but gained his revenge and his first world title in the gold-medal match last September in Belgrade. That makes him a leading candidate to end the hopes of Mijain Lopez (CUB) for an unprecedented fifth Olympic gold in Paris.
“I think it was a really great start for further preparation for the Olympics,” Mirzazadeh said. “From tomorrow, when the competition ends, I have to start training and trying to make my people happy with the title in the Olympics.”
At 87kg, Alizadeh maintained his dominance of Nursultan Tursynov (KAZ), beating him at the Asian Championships for the fourth year in a row and in a second consecutive final.
Alizadeh was never really challenged and clinched a 5-0 victory with a 2-point throw from par terre at the edge in the second period.
Alizadeh had beaten Tursynov in the first round in both 2021 and 2022 before defeating him 8-0 in last year’s final in Astana. The 33-year-old Tursynov does have an Asian gold medal, won back in 2014.
In 97kg, Muhammad Hadi Saravi won Kazakhstan’s wrestler 9-0 to seal his gold medal at the event.