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Iran Wins 3 More Golds at Incheon

Iran Wins 3 More Golds at IncheonIran Wins 3 More Golds at Incheon

Freestyle wrestlers ruled the night at Incheon on Monday, grabbing 3 more gold medals and one silver, completing a spectacular performance set off by team captain Reza Yazdani, who won his third Asiad gold on Sunday.

Masoud Esmaeilpour, Meisam Mostafa Jokar, and Parviz Hadi were Iran's gold medalists in 61-, 97- and 125-kg weight categories, while Ezzatollah Akbari won silver in 74-kg category.

Esmailpour defeated his Kazakh opponent Daulet Niyazbekov 8-3 in the semifinal before winning over India's Bajrang 6-4 in the final match. Jokar and Hadi also beat their Kazakh rivals to win the freestyle wrestling team's third and fourth golds at this year's Asian Games. Elsewhere, in canoeing and kayak races, Ahmadreza Talebian (silver), men's K-2 1000 (silver), Arezoo Hakimi (bronze), and Adel Mojallali (bronze), added four medals to Iran's tally in the games.  Iran now stands fifth in the medals table with 10 golds, 11 silvers, and 8 bronze medals won during 10 days of various events.  

The 2014 Asian Games began in South Korea’s northwestern coastal city of Incheon on September 19, and will end October 4. Some 9,500 athletes from 45 countries are competing at the Games. The sports event is the world's second-biggest multi-sport event after the summer Olympics, with 439 gold medals in 36 sports up for grabs. Iran has participated in the tournament with 276 athletes in 22 sports.