Iran’s caravan wins 9 more medals in Islamic Solidarity Games

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TEHRAN, May 15 (MNA) – Iranian athletes collected nine medals on the second day of Islamic Solidarity Games underway in Baku to gain a total tally of 14 medals.

Iranian judo practitioners, Mohammadali Shanani, claimed the silver medal of Blind Men -90kg to wrap up Iran’s second day at the international event. The gold medal of the category went to Shukhrat Boboev from Uzbekistan while the host country’s Rovshan Safarov stood in the third place.

Prior to Shanani’s medal, Iranian athletes had secured eight other trophies as Iran's Saeid Mollaei secured a stunning victory in the first gold-medal bout on day two of the judo at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku on Sunday. Mollaei was floored Turkey's Ilker Gulduren at the men's 81kg gold-medal contest against. The Iranian adds the gold to his silver medals from the 2014 Asian Games and the 2016 Asian Championships.

Iran’s other gold medal was snatched by Sajad Ganjzadeh who won the title of Men's Kumite +84kg at Baku Sports Hall. Enes Erkan of Turkey landed second while Egypt’s Ahmed Elasfar and Azerbaijan’s Asiman Gurbanli jointly stood on the third podium.

Najmeh Khedmati and Pourya norouziyan participated at Mixed Team's 10m Air 50 Rifle held at Baku Shooting Centre and managed to receive the silver medal. Gold and Bronze medal were bagged by shooters from Bangladesh and Turkey respectively.

Competing at Women's 25m Pistol, Haniyeh Rostamiyan earned the silver medal while Qatari and Tunisian rivals settled for gold and bronze.

Iranian gymnastic squad, comprising Saeedreza Keikha, Hadi Khanarinejad and Saman Madani landed third in Men’s Team event which took place in National Gymnastics Arena. Artistic gymnasts of Turkey and host Azerbaijan finished first and second.

Bronze medal of Men’s Kata was bagged by Iranian karate practitioner Abolfaz Sharjerdi who fell behind Azerbaijan’s Roman Heydarov and Turkey’s Mehmet Yakan. Zeyad Mohamed of Egypt also secured a bronze trophy.

Iran’s representative in Women’s Kata, Mahsa Afsaneh, also conceded to a bronze medal who lost gold and silver medals to Turkey’s Dilara Bozan and Aya Ismail of Egypt.

One more bronze was collected by Mohadaseh Aghaei who competed at Women's Kumite +68kg in Baku Sports Hall. Turkish and Azerbaijani karate fighters ranked first and second in the same event.

Given the eight medals won on the opening day of the event, the Iranian convoy of athletes has earned a total of 17 medals including four gold, five silver and eight bronze medals and ranks fifth in the medal table.

In medal count, Iran follows Azerbaijan (50 medals), Turkey (59), Uzbekistan (21) and India (23) who have occupied the first to fourth positions in the overall ranking.

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