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Iran gains two ABG golds

Iran gains two ABG golds

Iranian athletes grabbed two golds on the second day of the Asian Beach Games, in Phuket, Thailand, Saturday.

The two gold medals went to Iranian wrestler Mohammad Naderi in the 70kg and Qanbar Ali Qanbari in the kurash.

Naderi overpowered his Qatari rival 2-0 to steal the show. On his march to the final, he trounced wrestlers from South Korea, Bangladesh, Mongolia and Kazakhstan.

Qanbari knocked out his Taiwanese rival for the gold.

He downed opponents from India, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan before reaching the final.

Iran footvolley team was defeated in the final match against the host, Thailand, 2-0 (18-8, 18-11) on Saturday.

Mongolia is leading the medal table with six gold and two bronzes. Thailand and the UAE are second and third respectively. Iran with two golds, five silvers and three bronzes is fifth.

Footvolley  is a sport which combines aspects of beach volleyball and association football.

The seven-day Asian showpiece kicked off on Friday.

Iranian athletes will compete in the squash, sambo, triathlon, football, sepaktakraw, volleyball, wrestling, waterpolo, footvolley, ju-jitsu, kabaddi, kurash, muaythai, bodybuilding, inline skate, sports climbing, biathlon, and track-and-field.

The Asian Beach Games (ABG) is a multi-sport event held every two years among athletes representing Asian countries. The games are regulated by the Olympic Council of Asia. The first games were held in 2008 in Bali, Indonesia.