Iranian freestyle wrestler Hassan Yazdani, who was to face Deepak Punia from India in the 86kg final match of the World Wrestling Championships, won the gold medal after his rival pulled out of the match.

Iran Press/Iran news: Hassan Yazdani from Iran claimed a gold medal in the 2019 World Wrestling Championships on Sunday after his Indian rival Deepak Punia withdrew from the final match because of injuries from the previous match.

The Iranian freestyle wrestler, who won a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games, was scheduled to meet Punia in the 86kg final during the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in Nur Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan, reported Iran press.

"My leg is swollen up and it is hurting. The eye is swollen too, but it happens in wrestling. I picked up both injuries during the first match. I am not fighting in the final (because of leg injury)," Deepak told Sportstar from Nur-Sultan on Sunday.

Having got rest in the first bout, Iran’s representative defeated wrestlers from Puerto Rico, Hungary, Russia as well as an opponent from San Marino.

Iran's freestyle wrestler also has gained Olympic ticket after defeating his powerful competitors in Wrestling World Championship.

Alireza Karimi won a silver in 92kg category, Younes Emami seized a bronze medal at the 70kg class and Behnam Ehsanpour also won a bronze medal at 61kg class.

Iran’s freestyle team wrapped up the 2019 World Championships with one bronze, one silver, and one gold medal.


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