Iran’s Mollaei makes history at World Judo Championships

September 23, 2018

TEHRAN – Iran’s judo celebrated a world champion for the first in fifteen years on Sunday. Saeid Mollaei defeated Sotaro Fujiwara of Japan in the men's under-81kg weight division in an exciting final in the 2018 World Judo Championships.

After Arash Miresmaeili won world titles in 2001 and 2003, it is fifteen year later that Mollaei wrote history for his country.

The bronze medal jointly went to German Alexander Wieczerzak and Vedat Albayrak of Turkey.  

Mohammad Mohammadi Barimanloo from Iran had won a bronze medal in the under-73kg category on Saturday.

A total of 756 competitors from 124 countries are competing in the eight-day event at Baku’s National Gymnastics Arena from Sept. 20 to 27.

The World Judo Championships is the highest level of international judo competition, along with the Olympic judo competition. The first edition of the world championships took place in Tokyo, Japan in 1956.

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