Iran’s Karimi seizes bronze at Wrestling World C’ships

October 23, 2018 - 8:49

TEHRAN – Alireza Karimi Machiani from Iran won a bronze medal at the men's senior freestyle Wrestling World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Monday.

He beat his Georgian rival Dato Marsagishvili 12-1 at the 92kg.

The other bronze at this category was snatched by Japan’s Atsushi Matsumoto, edging Mongolian Turtogtokh Luvsandorj 6-5.

J’den Cox from the U.S., a bronze medalist at the Rio Olympics and Paris World Championships while competing at 86kg, defeated Ivan Yankouski from Belarus 4-1 at 92kg.

Hassan Yazdani Charati and Parviz Hadi Basmanj had already two bronze medals this competition.

The competition is the first senior World Championships to use a ranking system to determine competitive seeds.

Previously athletes were put into brackets using a random draw, though the new system was announced at last year’s Championships in Paris.

Under the new system - set to be applied across all 30 weight categories at this year’s event - only wrestlers who finished within the top four of the pre-World Championships competition calendar are eligible to receive a seed.

The seed is non-transferable to another wrestler from the same National Federation, while if the seeded athlete does not enter their designated weight, then the seed moves to the next highest ranked wrestler.

Wrestlers may not carry their seed from one weight class to another.

The rankings on which the seeds are based, were determined by tallying points acquired at Continental Championships and several ranking series tournaments.

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