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Greco Roman World Championships: Mohammad Hadi Saravi wins 97KG gold

Mohammad Hadi Saravi has won Iran’s first gold of the Greco Roman wrestling  World Championships in Oslo.

The 97kg Champion Saravi who had pocketed Bronze at the Tokyo Olympics, put on a solid performance against Alex Szoke, completing a perfect gut-wrench in the par terre position, and held the Hungarian at the bay to clinch Iran’s first gold of the Greco Roman Competitions.

Team Melli also secured two more podium places for Sunday. In the 63 kg class, Meysam Delkhani dominated his semifinal bout against Taleh Mammadov of Azerbaijan with back to back throws to take the win by technical fall.

In the final, he meets Leri Abuladze of Georgia. Mohammad Reza Geraei is Iran’s other finalist on the last day.

The Tokyo Olympics Champion, took the 67 kg Gold-Medal-Match by the scruff of the neck when he overturned a four-point deficit against his Georgian opponent inside the final 15 seconds, to get away with a 7-6 win. Nazir Abdullaev of the Russian Wrestling Federation awaits him in the final-showdown.

Meanwhile in the 130kg category, Aliakbar Yousefi made history by grabbing Iran’s first ever gold in Greco Roman heavy-weight. Yousefi who was facing Zurabi Guramovich Gedekhauri in the final, wore out the Russian in the first time, before using sheer power to score successive stepouts in the second-time and wrap up a 5-1 win. That took Team Melli's tally to 2 gold and 2 bronze medals in Oslo, making Iran a candidate to fight for the team title in the last day. 

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