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Iran Crowned World Wrestling Champion

Iran Crowned  World Wrestling  ChampionIran Crowned  World Wrestling  Champion

Iran finished first in the 56th Greco-Roman Wrestling World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan after Qasem Rezaei gained a bronze medal in 98-kg weight category on Sunday evening.

Rezaei, a London 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist, defeated his rival from Belarus 4-1 to secure third place in heavyweight category.

Earlier in the day, Iran's Hamid Sourian in 59-kg weight class gained victory over his Russian opponent in the final game to win his sixth world title.

Iran also grabbed two additional medals, a silver and a bronze, won by Omid Norouzi in 66-kg and Afshin Biabangard in 71-kg weight categories respectively.

Hamid Sourian had previously won the gold medal five times in the world championships in Greco-Roman style. The renowned wrestler won his only Olympic gold medal in the 55-kg weight class at the 2012 Summer Games in London.

With Sunday's win, Sourian became the most decorated Iranian wrestler, breaking the record held by Abdollah Movahed, who had won five world championships titles and one Olympic gold medal between 1965 and 1970. Sourian has also tied with the overall record of the legendary Iranian wrestler Gholamreza Takhti, who had collected at total of seven colorful international medals during his professional wrestling career.