2024 Asian Wrestling Championships: Yazdani Wins Gold

2024 Asian Wrestling Championships: Yazdani Wins Gold

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Amir Mohammad Yazdani of Iran seized a gold medal in the 2024 Asian Wrestling Championships on Thursday.

Yazdani, a two-time world silver medalist, followed by rallying to a wild 13-9 victory in the 70kg final over world U-23 silver medalist Yoshinosuke Aoyagi from Japan, who added the silver to the bronze he won a year ago.

Both wrestlers had 4-point moves in the first period, with Yazdani scoring his late to take a 6-5 lead into the second. Aoyagi went ahead 9-6 with a backdoor takedown and a head-between-the-thighs roll, only to see the Iranian take the lead on criteria with 20 seconds left with a stepout and takedown. Yazdani countered a last-ditch, body lock lift attempt by Aoyagi for a final 4-pointer.

"It was a close match," Yazdani said. "The Japanese wrestler was very good, and I wish him all the best. He was leading 9-7, but I tried to be focused on the match and tried to go for a comeback because I didn’t want to lose."

While Yazdani already has two world silver medals, it marked his first appearance at a senior Asian Championships, which made the victory more special.

The 2024 Asian Wrestling Championships are being held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from April 19 to 21.

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