10 September 2016 - 13:30
Yazdani atop UWW freestyle rankings

TEHRAN, Sep. 10 (MNA) – Iranian freestylers Hassan Yazdani appeared on top of new UWW rankings at the Rio with gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The 2015 world silver medalist at 70kg Hassan Yazdani overcame a six-point deficit in the Rio 2016 gold medal for a 6-6 last-point victory over Russia’s Aniuar Geduev at 74kg weight division and secured his first appearance at No.1 in the rankings.

Iran’s Yazdani climbed from No.4 to the top of September 2016 rankings at 74kg, completing his ascent from 2014 junior world champ to world silver medalist last year at 70kg to Olympic Games gold medalist.

Rio silver medalist Komeil Ghasemi also obtained the second best place in the latest United World Wrestling (UWW) ranking list.

Meanwhile, Hassan Rahimi, who enjoyed the second place at UWW pre-Olympic freestyle rankings for July 2016, has descended to No.4 spot given his bitter defeat against Rei Higuchi of Japan in Rio extravaganza.

Positions of Iran men's freestyle wrestlers in the UWW September rankings are as follow:

No. 1 at 74 kg – Hassan Yazdani (Rio OG No.1)

No. 2 at 125 kg – Komeil Ghasemi (Rio OG No.2)

No. 4 at 57 kg – Hassan Rahimi (Rio OG No.3)

No. 6 at 61 kg – Behnam Ehsanpour (Asia No.2)

No. 7 at 97 kg – Reza Yazdani (Rio OG No.7)

No. 8 at 86 kg –Alireza Karimi (Rio OG No.7)

No. 9 at 125 kg – Parviz Hadi (Sargsyan Int’l No.1)

No. 14 at 61 kg – Mehran Nasiri (Asia No.1)

No. 14 at 65 kg –Meysam Nasiri (Asia No.1)

No. 19 at 86 kg –Ehsan Lashgari (Asia No.1)

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