World Wrestling Championships Day 8;

Belgrade (IP) - World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade continued for its eighth day as Kamran Ghasempour, the Iranian defending world champion at 97kg, came out blazing against his opponents.

Iran PressEurope: Defending world champions in all three weights are wrestling in Belgrade, Serbia. Thomas Gillman (USA) at 57kg, Kyle Dake (USA) at 74kg and Kamran Ghasempour (IRI) at 97kg are in action as the Day 8 Competition at Stark Arena in Belgrade continues in freestyle with the qualification rounds through the quarterfinals.

Kamran Ghasempour (IRI) came out blazing against  Adlan Visakhanov (FRA) and was up 7-0 in no time. He continued his quick attacks and won 10-0 inside the first period.

In the second match, Kamran Ghasempour (IRI) confirmed his place in the 92kg semifinals with a 7-2 win over Ahmed Batalev (BUL).

The Iranian defending world champion will face Miriani Maisuradze (GEO) in the semifinals.

Younes Emami (IRI), Iran's representative at 74kg, won 10-0 against Enrique Perez (GUA) in one minute.

In the second match, he began with a spin for four over Turan Bayramov (AZE). He moved to defensive mode, but Bayramov pulled off an arm spin but only for two. Emami finished with a step out and a late takedown for an 8-4 win.

He will face the defending world champion Kyle Dake (USA) in the semifinals.

Also, 2021 silver medalist Alireza Sarlak (IRI) took the mat against Wanhou Zou (CHN) at 57kg, but the Chinese won by 6-2. Sarlak will await Zou's next matches and see whether he will have a second chance for Bronze.

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Another three Iranian wrestlers will have a chance and gold, silver and medals tonight.

Last night, Jordan Burroughs (USA) earned a shot at an American record world or Olympic gold by making the final at 79kg, while superstars Hassan Yazdani (IRI) and David Taylor (USA) set up yet another clash for the crown at 86kg.

Yazdani and Taylor set up their fifth career match-up and third in a major final with their third technical fall victories of the day, all without conceding a point.

By making the final, Yazdani assured himself of a combined eight world and Olympic medals, the most-ever by an Iranian and breaking a tie with legends Gholamreza Takhti and Hamid Sourian.

Burroughs stayed aggressive throughout his 9-2 victory over Ali Umarpashev (BUL), scoring three stepouts along with a pair of takedowns to stay on track for a sixth world title dating back to his first in 2011. He also has three world bronzes on his gleaming resume.

Standing in his way will be Mohammad Nokhodi (IRI), who advanced with a 5-4 victory over Vasyl Mykhailov (UKR) to set up a rematch of the final a year ago in Oslo which Burroughs won 5-1.

At 125kg, a weight class that included five Olympic medalists in the field, Lkhagvagerel Munkhtur (MGL) scored the biggest victory of his career when he toppled one of the giants of the division, while two-time former world champion Taha Akgul (TUR) pulled off a last-second victory to dethrone reigning champion Amir Zare (IRI). 

Zare will have a chance for a bronze medal tonight.


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