Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has praised Iranian athletes for their impressive performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and their great efforts to win honors for Iran through various medals won.
I express my profound gratitude to the heroic Iranian champions and their determined coaches, who could bring joy and happiness to the Iranian nation during the Olympic Games, Ayatollah Khamenei said in a message on Sunday.
Olympics 2012 ended on Sunday with an extravaganza ceremony that rocked a main stadium filled with celebrities, athletes and a sea of exuberant spectators.
The 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium was transformed for the closing ceremony into a mini-London, with model landmarks including Tower Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral on a Union Jack shaped stage.
The Olympic flag was lowered and passed by London to the 2016 Brazilian host city, Rio de Janeiro, at the end of the ceremony.
Iran stood in 17th place of the medals table at the London 2012 Olympic Games with a tally of four gold, five silver, and three bronze medals.
Iranian freestyle wrestlers Ehsan Lashgari and Komeil Ghasemi won two bronze medals in the men’s 84-kilogram and 120-kilogram weight classes respectively while Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi snatched the silver medal in the men’s 74-kilogram category.
Taekwondo athlete Mohammad Bagheri Motamed won the silver medal in the men's -68kg category.
Ehsan Haddadi won Iran's first-ever Olympic medal in athletics when he took the silver in the men's discus throw competition.
In the weightlifting competition, superheavyweight Behdad Salimi won the gold medal and his compatriot Sajjad Anoushiravani pocketed the silver in the +105-kilogram category. Navvab Nasirshelal won a silver medal in the men's 105-kilogram category while Kianoush Rostami took a bronze in the 85-kilogram competition.
In Greco-Roman wrestling, Ghasem Rezaei, Omid Haji Norouzi and five-time world champion Hamid Sourian took gold medals in the men’s 96kg, 60kg and 55kg categories respectively.