Iran’s Freestyle Wrestler Yazdani Bags Historic Gold Medal

Iranian Olympic gold medallist Hassan Yazdani Charati claimed a gold medal at the Paris 2017 Wrestling World Championships on Friday.

Yazdani had earlier eliminated opponents from Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Azerbaijan to reach the semi-final match on Friday. He then overcame Vladislav Valief of Russia 4-to-nothing to book his spot in the final.

The 22-year-old only needed 2 minutes and 24 seconds to defeat Boris Makoev from Slovakia 10-0 in the 86kg final match and secure Iran’s first gold.

“I am not satisfied with my performance in the first two matches because I was sick. Afterward, I did a better performance and I am happy I made the Iranian people happy,” Yazdani said.

Vladislav Valiev from Russia and J’den Cox from the US claimed the bronze medal.

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