Geraei Happy to Join His Brother in Tokyo

Geraei Happy to Join His Brother in Tokyo

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Greco-Roman wrestler Mohammad Reza Geraei is very happy to join his older brother at the Tokyo Olympics.

He defeated veteran Korean wrestler Hansu Ryu in a 9-0 technical fall in the 67kg final.

“It's a good day,” Geraei said in an interview with UWW. “I won all of my bouts without giving a point. So I am proud. I come from a wrestling family and my brother always supports me and pushes me.”

Geraei won all four of his matches by fall or technical fall in a weight class that, because it had no Olympic qualifiers from the 2019 World Championships, was particularly deep and included the world silver medalist at 72kg.

“My body was prepared for the tournament and I was able to do exactly what I had planned,” said the 24-year-old. “In Almaty I achieved the next level with my performance.”

Geraei's older brother Mohammadali had already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics at 77kg by placing third at the Nur-Sultan worlds.

“It's an honor to go to Olympics with my brother,” the younger Geraei said. “I hope he can help me reach my goal of winning the Olympic gold medal. Having him there is great as a support system and partner and teacher.”

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