Sep 19, 2022 07:11 UTC
  • Rahman Amouzad wins first wrestling world title

Rahman Amouzad of Iran defeated his American rival John Diakomihalis 13-8 in the 65kg final of the 2022 World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on Sunday.

According to Tasnim news agency, an early flurry of ground attacks from both men and a subsequent successful USA challenge resulted in a scoreline of 8-6 for their man.

But, roared on by a sizeable contingent of Iran teammates and fans, Asian champion Amouzad retook the lead with five unanswered points before closing out to win his first world title.

The opening bronze medal match in this category saw European champion Hungary Iszmail Muszukajev defeated three-time world champion and Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Haji Aliyev 4-2.

The second bronze was won by Bajrang Punia of India who defeated Sebastian Rivera of Puerto Rico 10-9.