Friday, July 25, 2014


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Wrestler Wins Iran's First Gold Medal In London

Into the second week of the Olympics, China is leading the medal's table.
Into the second week of the Olympics, China is leading the medal's table.
An Iranian wrestler has won his country’ first gold medal of the London Olympics.
 
It was also Iran's first ever Greco-Roman wrestling gold as Hamid Mohammad Soryan Reihanpour overcame Azerbaijan's Rovshan Bayramov in the 55-kilogram final. 
 
Speaking after the fight, Soryan said: "I'm hoping that I made everybody happy back home."
 
Peter Modos of Hungary and Mingiyan Semenov of Russia took the bronze medals.
 
In the 74-kilogram final, world champion Roman Vlasov beat Armenia's Arsen Julfalakyan.
 
"I feel great, I still can't quite believe it but I'm sure I will soon," Vlasov said.
 
Aleksandr Kazakevic of Lithuania and Emin Ahmadov of Azerbaijan won the two bronze medals.
 
In athletics, Kazakhstan's Olga Rypakova won gold in the women's triple jump. The 27-year-old world indoor champion leaped a season's best of 14.98 meters, giving her country its 6th gold medal at the London Olympics. Colombian Caterina Ibarguen claimed silver, while Ukraine's Olha Salduha took bronze. 
 
Ethiopian Tiki Gelana won gold in the women’s marathon. Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo took silver, five seconds behind Gelana, while Russia's Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova collected the bronze. 
 
In tennis, Belarus's Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka won mixed doubles gold medals over Britain's Andy Murray and Laura Robson, claiming Belarus's first gold medal in Olympics tennis. Mirnyi and Azarenka had already won bronze in the women's singles. Mixed doubles was making its return to the Olympics as a medal event for the first time since 1924.
 
Meanwhile, the United States' Venus and Serena Williams became the first tennis players to win four Olympic gold medals each after a victory over Czech pair Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the women's doubles final. 
 
The Williams sisters had already won doubles gold together at the Sydney Games in 2000 and in Beijing in 2008, while Venus claimed the singles gold in Sydney and Serena won her first individual gold on August 4 after thrashing Maria Sharapova in the final. 
 
In weightlifting, China's Zhou Lulu won the gold medal in the women's super heavyweight class in a world record-smashing duel with Russia's Tatiana Kashirina. Zhou surpassed the Russian by one kilogram with her second clean and jerk.

Kashirina also set a snatch world record. Hripsime Khurshudyan of Armenia beat defending Olympic champion Jang Mi-ran of South Korea in a battle for bronze. 
 
After the August 5 competition, China was at the top of the overall medal table with 61 medals, including 30 golds. T

The United States was in second place with 60 medals, including 28 golds, followed by Britain and Russia.
 
 
Based on reporting by AP, AFP, Reuters, and dpa
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