Iran performance at Islamic States' Solidarity Games

TABLE TENNIS
AKHLAQ-PASSAND BAGS BRONZE
Shahin Akhlaq-Passand from Iran snatched bronze in the table tennis singles Saturday.

The Iranian lost to his opponent from Egypt, winning the bronze with an Egyptian representative.

Gold and silver went to two Egyptians.

Iran pitted five players in singles, out of whom four were knocked out.

WATER POLO
IRAN, SAUDI ARABIA TIE
Iran and Saudi Arabia fought to a 4-4 draw in Jeddah Saturday.

In its second game Friday, the Iranian side handed Kuwait a 12-4 humiliating defeat.

Iran lost its Thursday’s opening match to Kazakhstan 5-3.

Iran, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Egypt, Republic of Azerbaijan, and Saudi Arabia are competing in the preliminary round.

GOALBALL
IRAN GIVES LEBANON LICKING, STORMS INTO QUARTERS
Iran whitewashed the Lebanese team 10-0 in Jeddah Saturday, advancing to the quarterfinals.

Iran handed Senegal a bitter pill to swallow in its second match Friday.

Playing in King Abdel Aziz hall, the Iranian team demolished Senegal 11-1.

Iran, which had also beaten the Turkish side in its opening game, arrays against Jordan Sunday.

ATHLETICS
IRANIANS SCOOP SIX MEDALS
Iran’s track-and-field team has garnered six colorful medals.

Ayoub Arkhi stole the country’s sole gold in the javelin. The silver came as Mehdi Shahrokhi finished runner-up in the shot put and his teammates, Rouhollah Asgari, Amin Nikfar, Ehsan Haddadi, and Mohammad-Hassan Rabbani bagged bronze medals in the 110m hurdles, shot put, discus, and pole vault respectively.

Asian discus silver medalist and Iranian record-holder, Abbas Samimi, ranked fourth in the Solidarity Games.

FENCING
IRAN SNATCHES SABER SILVER
Egypt narrowly beat Iran in the saber final in Taif on Saturday.

The Egyptian swordsmen outdueled Iran 45-44 and bronze went to Saudi Arabi and Republic of Azerbaijan.

On Friday, Iran finished third at the foil event.

Iran took the bronze medal as it lost to the Egyptian side 45-37.

Egypt celebrated the title and silver went to Kuwait.

Iran has so far won one gold, three silver, and two bronze medals in fencing.

Iran’s fencing team took the silver medal of epee competitions on Thursday.

The Iranian team finished runner-up to Egypt, which narrowly won the final 45-43.

Bronze went to home team Saudi Arabia.

On Monday, Iranian swordsmen won silver and bronze medals in individual epee in the holy city Mecca.

Mohammad-Hossein Abedi lost to Egyptian finalist 15-12, but he managed to beat his teammate Mohammad Rezaei 15-13 to take the silver.

Rezaei bagged bronze.

TAEKWONDO
AZADANI LIFTS TITLE
Alireza Nasr Azadani from Iran took the glittering gold in the fourth weight category of taekwondo competitions in the holy city Mecca Thursday.

Azadani outpointed his Yemeni opponent 7-4 in the final showdown, bringing Iran’s taekwondo toll to two gold and one silver medals.

Bronze went to players from Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

In the sixth weight class, Mir-Abdollahi from Iran was knocked out of the tournament with a 6-5 loss to a Tajik representative in his second clash.

BASKETBALL
IRAN ADVANCES TO LAST FOUR DESPITE LOSS
Iran lost but advanced to the last four in the basketball tournament on Saturday.

Tunisia handed the Iranian side the first defeat in the second round, winning 52-44.

Iran overcame the Saudi Arabian side on Friday.

Supported by home fans in Al Ansar hall, the Saudis lost 70-59 in the second round.

On Thursday, Iran handed Jordan a defeat in its first clash of the second round.

In a Group A match, the Iranian team managed to edge past Jordan 66-52.

FOOTBALL
IRAN DISPOSES OF ALGERIA, BOOKS BERTH IN SEMIS
Depleted Iran Saturday beat Algeria 2-0, finding its way into the semifinals of football competitions.

Playing on the right flank, Mohammad Navazi took the lead for Iran with his trademark penalty two minutes before the break and Persepolis striker Mehrdad Owladi made it 2-0 on 90 minutes.

The victory in Emir Abdullah Faisal Stadium helped Iran advance to the last four.

Morocco and Syria had earlier cruised into the semifinals, winning their matches against Malaysia and Mali.

FUTSAL
SAUDIS DENY IRAN GOLD
Home team Saudi Arabia put a brake on Iran’s winning streak in the final of disabled futsal event in Jeddah Wednesday.

Supported by home fans packing the Abdel Aziz University hall, Saudi Arabia defeated the Iranian side 5-2, grabbing the glittering gold.

On its way to the final, Iran edged past Iraq, Bangladesh, Lebanon, and Algeria.

In its Saturday’s opening clash in Group B, Iran crushed Iraq 6-0 and clobbered Bangladesh 20-0 Sunday.

The formidable Iranian side thrashed Lebanon 12-0, advancing to the last four along with Saudi Arabia, Algeria, and Iraq.

Iran Tuesday beat Algeria 5-2 to storm into the final.

VOLLEYBALL
IRAN TROUNCES TURKMENISTAN
Iran clobbered the Turkmen side in three consecutive sets in Jeddah Saturday.

The title-thirsty Iranian team won the second-round match 25-13 25-16 25-19 in the hall of Emir Abdullah sports complex.

Iran meets Saudi Arabia Sunday.

KARATE
IRAN STEALS THE SHOW
Iran was crowned at the karate competitions in Medina Wednesday.

The powerful Iranian team stood top among 33 states with five golds, two silvers, and one bronze.

Morocco finished runner-up with an asset of one gold and three silvers and Republic of Azerbaijan stood third, winning one gold, two silver, and one bronze medals.

Egypt, Kuwait, and Algeria ranked fourth to sixth respectively.

Iran won the glittering gold in kumite competitions Wednesday. In the final showdown, the powerful Iranian team overcame Morocco while Egypt and Algeria tied at No. 3.

Iran had already overcome Kuwait and Egypt.

Kumite competitions started in Medina Tuesday. Thirty-two teams participated in the event.

Jassem Vishgahi and Mehran Behnamfar handed Iran two silver medals in the Islamic karate competitions in Medina Monday.

In 75 kg, Vishgahi finished runner-up as he lost 4-2 to a karateka from Republic of Azerbaijan.

The bronze jointly went to Syrian and Turkish representatives.

In open competitions, Behnamfar was beaten by his Turkish rival 4-1 in the final.

A Saudi karateka and a player from Senegal bagged bronze jointly.

Iran’s 60 kg karateka, Hossein Rowhani, won the gold medal in the first Islamic States’ Solidarity Games in Medina Sunday.

The veteran karateka beat Joseph from Republic of Azerbaijan in the final.

A representative from Saudi Arabia bagged bronze.

Iran’s -70 kg karateka, Mansour Hassan-Beigi, finished third in the first Islamic States’ Solidarity Games in Medina, Sunday.

Hassan-Beigi whitewashed his Afghan and Malaysian rivals 8-0 and 5-0 respectively on the second day of competitions.

The Iranian conceded a 10-8 loss to a karateka from Republic of Azerbaijan in his third clash, but he managed to beat Kuwait’s representative in the additional time and narrowly defeat a Moroccan player 5-4 to snatch the bronze medal.

Mohsen Ashrafi Saturday handed Iran the first gold in individual kata.

Malek Mehrabi, Afshin Hemmati-Moqaddam, and Mostafa Pour-Jalali, won the gold medal in team kata competitions.