Iranian wrestlers finish first for the first time in the 2014 Greco-Roman World Wrestling Championships.
The Iranian national Greco-Roman wrestling team were crowned world champions in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Sunday.
Hamid Sourian won the Iranian squad’s only gold medal in the 59-kg weight category. Omid Nowruzi bagged a silver medal in the 66-kg category. Afshin Biabangard and Ghasem Rezai secured two bronzes in the 71-kg and 98-kg categories respectively.
Iran finished first in the overall standings on 42 points. Russia came in second. It was the first time the Iranian Greco-Roman wrestling team became world champions.
Immediately after Iran were crowned champions, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei released a message to congratulate the Iranian athletes on their unprecedented championship in the world event.