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October 2018, No. 89


Sport

 

Iran Grabs 20 Gold,
20 Silver,
22 Bronze Medals

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei commended the Iranian athletes who won medals at the 2018 Asian Games for bringing joy to the country.

In a message (Sept. 2), Ayatollah Khamenei praised the Iranian athletes for their performance in the 2018 Asian Games, held in Indonesia’s Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2.

“You delighted the Iranian nation and brought glory to our honorable flag,” read the message.

In a similar message issued (Sept. 1), President Hassan Rouhani expressed his gratitude to all Iranian sports people who took part in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

Rouhani congratulated the Iranian athletes and teams on ‘obtaining the best achievements and the most number of medals’ for Iran in the Asian tournament.

Meantime, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani in a message congratulated the nation, sports people and coaches on the success of the Iranian athletes in 2018 Asian Games.

He said international competitions provide an opportunity for forging amity among nations and promoting spirit of friendship.

Asian Games brought together athletes from different countries irrespective of their race, language or color to portray manifestations of interaction, solidarity and struggles to achieve victory through healthy competitions, he stressed.

Iranian sports people including men and women endeavored during the games and produced bright results befitting the Iranian nation, particularly in kabaddi, volleyball, basketball, water polo and wrestling, Larijani said.

He also hailed the Iranian sportswomen’s capabilities, saying that they won medals in certain sporting events for the first time in the history of the country’s sports and this indicates their power and strength in the international sports events.

The total number of medals won by the Iranian athletes was unprecedented and they managed to bring a valuable gift for the nation, Larijani said.

Collecting a total of 62 (20 gold, 20 silver and 22 bronze) medals, Iran finished the Asian tournament in sixth place in the medals table, after China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Uzbekistan.

Iran’s team at the Asian Games collected most medals in wrestling to claim its continental dominance in the sport. Iran also gained historical medals in wushu, taekwondo and kabaddi, in which the national athletes had not won a medal during the previous editions.

In a historical move Iranian women kabaddi players beat all time powerhouse India 27-24 in the finals to claim the title for the first time. The loss for Indians was the first in history.

To get into the final showdown the Iranian women overpowered renowned kabaddi teams from Bangladesh and Pakistan in the earlier stages.

Iran men’s kabaddi team also made history when it beat seven-time Asian Games winner India 27-18 in the semis to enter the finals against South Korea.

Doubling the joy for Iranians, men’s kabaddi team stunned South Korea 26-16 to win the Asian Games title for the first time and bring India down from its all-time dominance in the sport.

World’s fastest vertical man, climber Reza Alipour added the Asian Games gold to his world championship glory by winning the speed climbing title in Jakarta, passing the Chinese Qizin Zhong in the final heat.

In rowing, Iranian women bagged three silver and one bronze medals.

Iran national volleyball team overpowered South Korea in the final match to win the 2018 Asian Games gold medal. Iran basketball players won the silver medal after losing to China.

Noshad Alamiyan claimed a historic bronze medal in table tennis.

Iran has competed at the Asian Games since the first event in 1951 New Delhi, and the best achievement was in 1974, when the country hosted the event in Tehran, and ranked second by grabbing 36 gold, 28 silver and 17 bronze medals. In the previous edition in Incheon, the country wrapped up its campaign with 57 medals in all - 21 gold, 18 silver and 18 bronze.

 

Iran at Asian Games 

Games

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

Rank

India 1951 New Delhi

8

6

2

16

3

Philippines 1954 Manila

Did not participate

Japan 1958 Tokyo

7

14

11

32

4

Indonesia 1962 Jakarta

Did not participate

Thailand 1966 Bangkok

6

8

17

31

6

Thailand 1970 Bangkok

9

7

7

23

4

Iran 1974 Tehran

36

28

17

81

2

Thailand 1978 Bangkok

Did not participate

India 1982 New Delhi

4

4

4

12

7

South Korea 1986 Seoul

6

6

10

22

4

China 1990 Beijing

4

6

8

18

5

Japan 1994 Hiroshima

9

9

8

26

6

Thailand 1998 Bangkok

10

11

13

34

7

South Korea 2002 Busan

8

14

14

36

10

Qatar 2006 Doha

11

15

22

48

6

China 2010 Guangzhou

20

15

24

59

4

South Korea 2014 Incheon

21

18

18

57

5

Indonesia 2018 Jakarta–Palembang

20

20

22

62

6

Total

179

181

197

557

4

 The following is a list of the number of competitors representing Iran at the Asian Games 2018: 

Sport

Men

Women

Total

Archery pictogram.svg Archery

8

5

13

Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics

10

2

12

Badminton pictogram.svg Badminton

1

1

2

Basketball pictogram.svg 3×3 basketball

6

5

11

Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball

12

0

12

Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach Volleyball

4

0

4

Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing

3

0

3

Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg Canoeing

13

8

21

Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Cycling

13

3

16

Diving pictogram.svg Diving

2

0

2

Equestrian pictogram.svg Equestrian

5

1

6

Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing

7

4

11

Football pictogram.svg Football

20

0

20

Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics

4

0

4

Handball pictogram.svg Handball

16

0

16

Judo pictogram.svg Judo

4

2

6

Jujitsu pictogram.svg Jujitsu

8

2

10

Kabaddi pictogram.svg Kabaddi

12

12

24

Karate pictogram.svg Karate

4

4

8

Kurash pictogram.svg Kurash

8

4

12

Paragliding pictogram.svg Paragliding

3

0

3

Pencak silat pictogram.svg Pencak silat

6

3

9

Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing

9

6

15

Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing

2

0

2

Sambo pictogram.svg Sambo

2

2

4

Sepaktakraw pictogram.svg Sepaktakraw

12

0

12

Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting

10

9

19

Climbing pictogram.svg Sport climbing

4

4

8

Squash pictogram.svg Squash

2

3

5

Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming

4

0

4

Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis

4

4

8

Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo

8

8

16

Tennis pictogram.svg Tennis

3

3

6

Triathlon pictogram.svg Triathlon

1

0

1

Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Volleyball

14

0

14

Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo

13

0

13

Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting

8

0

8

Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling

12

0

12

Wushu pictogram.svg Wushu

4

5

9

Total

279

99

378

 

 

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