Iran volleyball beat S. Korea to win gold at Asiad

September 1, 2018

TEHRAN – Iran national volleyball team took a gold medal on Saturday at the 2018 Asian Games, bringing the nation’s total gold medal count to 20.

Team Melli eased past South Korea 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-21) at GBK Volleyball Indoor for their second straight gold medal.

Earlier Saturday, Chinese Taipei beat Qatar 3-1 (25–22, 25–23, 17–25, 25–16) to win the bronze medal.

Iranian athletes had previously won 19 gold medals in the Games.

Freestyle wrestlers Hassan Yazdani (86kg), Alireza Karimi (97kg) and Parviz Hadi (125kg) had also snatched three gold medals.

Greco-Roman wrestlers Mohammadali Geraei and Hossein Nouri won two gold medals in the 77kg and 87kg.

Taekwondo practitioner Saeid Rajabi also claimed a gold medal in the 80kg.

Mirhashem Hosseini also won a gold medal in the 63kg.

Erfan Ahangarian bagged a gold medal in wushu after defeating Wang Xuetao from China 2-1 in the final match of the Men's Sanda -60kg.

Another wushu practitioner Mohsen Mohammadseifi claimed his third successive gold medal in the Asian Games after beating his Chinese rival Shi Zhanwei 2-0.

Climber Reza Alipour also gained Iran’s third gold medal on Day 5.

Women’s and men’s kabaddi teams won two gold medals in the Games.

Weightlifter Sohrab Moradi won gold in the men's 94kg class.

Karate practitioner Sajad Ganjzadeh and Bahman Asgari claimed two gold medals in the men's +84kg and -75kg respectively.

Weightlifter Behdad Salimi won the gold medal with a total of 461kg in the men’s 105kg.

Hossein Keyhani claimed a gold medal in 3000m steeplechase.

Ehsan Hadadi seized a gold medal in the men’s discus throw.

The 18th Asian Games stage 465 events out of 40 sports, among which 330 events from 32 sports will feature in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Games, attracting more than 10,000 athletes, will run through Sept. 2.

Reporting by Masoud Hossein

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