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Iran’s Heidari Grabs 96kg Wrestling Bronze at Olympics

Athens, Aug 29, IRNA — Iran’s Alireza Heidari here on Sunday won the bronze medal in the Olympic 96kg freestyle wrestling bout by beating Daniel Cormier from the US 3-2 in overtime. Heidari who was behind 2-0 upto the seventh minutes into the match after losing two controversial points to Cormier, succeeded in overturning the result 3-2 in the end.

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Iran’s Karami Bags Olympics Taekwondo Bronze

TEHRAN (MNA) — Youssef Karami of Iran grabbed bronze at the men’s -80kg taekwondo tournament of the 28th Olympic Games in Athens, capital of Greece, on Saturday. The Iranian phenom beat Rashad Ahmadov from Republic of Azerbaijan 9-8. Steven Lopez from the United States stole the show as he beat Turkey’s Bahri Tanrikulu. The two-time world champion opened up a two-point gap and eventually won 3-0. On Friday, Sydney bronze medalist Hadi Saei from Iran won the coveted gold of -68kg taekwondo meet. The 28-year-old overpowered 1997 and 2003 world champion Huang Chih-Hsiung from Taiwan to bring his country gold to two. Saei outpointed the Taiwanese 6-3 to revenge his loss in 2003 world final.

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Iran Grabbed Olympic Taekwondo Gold

ATHENS (AFP) – Iran grabbed their first-ever Olympic taekwondo gold medal while world-leaders South Korea (news – web sites) opened their campaign with just one title on a day of protests at the judges. The men’s under-68kg featherweight gold was won by Sydney Olympic bronze medallist Hadi Saei Bonehkohal as he narrowly outpointed Taiwan’s Huang Chih-Hsiung in the final as the four-day competition crossed halfway point.

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Iranian Repeats as World’s Strongest Man

Athens, Greece, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Hossein Reza Zadeh of Iran repeated as the Olympic gold medal winner in the men’s super heavyweight division Wednesday night. Zadeh won his country’s first medal of these Olympics in what was the final evening of weightlifting competition. Reza Zadeh was already recognized as the world’s strongest man after winning gold in Sydney. He set a world record in those Games with a lifted weight of 472.5 kilograms and matched that total Wednesday night. “If I am healthy, I will go on to lift 500,” he said. Viktors Scerbatihs of Latvia won the silver medal with a total of 455kg while Velichko Cholakov of Bulgaria was third with a mark of 447.5.

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Arsenal Equal Record

Thierry Henry completed a remarkable comeback at Highbury as Arsenal wrote their name into the record books in some style in equalling Nottingham Forest’s 42-game unbeaten league run. Henry gave the Gunners the lead on 26 minutes but Joseph-Desire Job equalised just before the break and Boro then stormed into a shock lead through Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Franck Queudrue, but Arsenal recovered as Dennis Bergkamp put them back into contention. Read More . . .

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