Iran come sixth at Asiad, China sit top

September 2, 2018

TEHRAN – The Iranian contingent ended the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia with 62 medals, including 20 gold, 20 silver and 22 bronze medals.

Iran finished in sixth place in Indonesia, while the Persians had come fifth four years ago in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

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

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

Taekwondo practitioners Saeid Rajabi and Mirhashem Hosseini claimed two gold medals in the 80kg and 63kg respectively.

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 gained a gold in the competition ahead of China's Zhong Qixin.

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

Weightlifter Sohrab Moradi won gold in the men's 94kg class. Super heavyweight weightlifter Behdad Salimi claimed his third successive gold medals in the +105kg in the Asian Games and announce his retirement after the event.

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

Hossein Keyhani claimed a gold medal in 3000m steeplechase.

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

Elyas Aliakbari claimed a gold medal in kurash.  

Iran national volleyball team clinched the title after beating South Korea in the final match.

Asian giants China extended their lead at the top of the medal table. The Chinese sportspersons had 289 overall, with 132 gold, 92 silver and 65 bronze.

 Japan won 204 (74-56-74) and South Korea had 176 (49-57-70). Indonesia (31-24-43) and Uzbekistan (21-24-25) came fourth and fifth respectively.

The 18th Asian Games staged 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 finish on Sept.2.

Reporting by Masoud Hossein

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