Asian Games: Mahdizadeh Wins Gold Medal for Iran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Karateka Amir Mahdizadeh claimed Iran’s 19th gold medal in the 2014 Asian Games on Friday.
Mahdizadeh defeated Rahman Tayel Hayel Almastafa Abdel from Jordan 6-3 at the Gyeyang Gymnasium in Incheon, South Korea.
“I promised my wife to win the gold medal and I dedicate my medal to her. My Jordanian opponent was very strong but I could manage him,” Mahdizadeh said.
Iranian athletes had already won 18 gold medals in the games.
Najmeh Khedmati won Iran’s first gold medal in the women's 10 m air rifle.
Wushu exponent Mohsen Mohammadseifi also seized a gold medal.
Mohsen Shadi Naghadeh won a gold medal at the men's single sculls race of the rowing.
Mohammad Daneshvar claimed a gold medal in the men's Keirin final.
Super heavyweight weightlifter Behdad Salimi snatched a gold medal.
Archer Esmaeil Ebadi won the gold medal of the compound men's individual.
Reza Yazdani claimed a gold medal in the men's freestyle 97 kg.
Masoud Esmaeilpour bagged a gold medal in the men's freestyle 61 kg.
Meisam Mostafa Joukar claimed a gold medal in the men's freestyle 86 kg.
Parviz Hadi won the gold medal in the men's freestyle 125 kg.
Masoud Hajizavareh seized the gold medal in the men -74 kg taekwondo.
Ehsan Hadadai bagged gold medal in the men’s discus throw.
Habibollah Akhlaghi won the gold medal in the men’s Greco-Roman 80 kg.
Mahdi Aliyari clinched the gold medal in the men’s Greco-Roman 98 kg.
Mahdi Khodabakhshi snatched the gold medal in the men -80 kg taekwondo.
Behnam Asbaghi claimed the gold medal in the men -68 kg taekwondo.
Karateka Saeid Hassanipour bagged a gold medal in the men's -75kg.
Karateka Hemideh Abbasali seized the gold in the women's +68kg.
Some 9,500 athletes from 45 countries are competing at the Games, the world's second-biggest multi-sport event after the summer Olympics, with 439 gold medals in 36 sports up for grabs.
Iran has participated in the games with 276 athletes in 22 sports.