National Iranian Pahlavani wrestling team has been crowned as the champion at the first edition of Pahlavani Wrestling World Championship in Belarus.
The Iranian outfit stood on top of the podium with a total of six (four gold, one silver and one bronze) medals, having collected 57 points. Turkey finished in the second place, and Russia landed in the third spot.
On Saturday, Hamid Elahian won the yellow metal after overcoming Russian competitor Imam Adzhiev in the final bout of 70-kilogram weight category.
Additionally, in the men’s 90-kilogram division, Esmaeil Nejatian got the better of Turkish rival Ahmet Bilici in the final contest to add another gold to the Islamic Republic’s medal tally at the tournament.
Javad Mahjoub and Ahmad Mirzapour also managed to clinch two more gold medals in the 100-kilogram and over 100-kilogram weight divisions, respectively.
Jalal Alizadeh , who had prevailed over Georgian, Belarusian and Kazakh wrestlers in the march to the final contest of 60-kilogram weight category, was downed by technical fall to Azerbaijani opponent Jalal Suleymanov and received the silver medal.
Ahmad Jafakesh also claimed a bronze medal in the 80-kilogram weight section.
The first edition of Pahlavani Wrestling World Championship opened in the Belarusian capital of Minsk on November 10 and finished on November 13, 2016.
The tournament attracted wrestlers from 45 world countries, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cuba, Estonia, France, Georgia, Hungary, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States and Uzbekistan.