Wrestler Hamid Sourian won Iran its first gold medal of the 2012 London Olympic Games with a victory in the finals of the 55kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition. This was Sourianâ€™s first ever Olympic medal, and Iranâ€™s first ever gold medal in the Greco-Roman category.
The 26-year-old Sourian hails from the south of Tehran, and is a five-time world champion, including a gold medal at the 2010 FILA Wrestling World Championships in Russia. His previous best Olympic finish was fifth place in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games after a defeat in the quarter-finals.
Iranâ€™s Greco-Roman world champion Omid Haji Norouzi followed that up by taking gold in the menâ€™s 60kg category. Rezaei overpowered wrestlers from Turkey, Armenia and Cuba before defeating Russiaâ€™s Totrov in the first and second periods with similar results of 1-0 in the final, which brought him an Olympic gold medal. Ghasem Gholamreza Rezaeiâ€™s then brought Iran its third gold medal of the London Games with a victory in the 96kg Greco-Roman category.
Iranâ€™s weightlifters have been faring well also. Navab Nasirshelal won a silver medal in the 105 kg weightlifting category. And Kianoush Rostami won a bronze medal in the menâ€™s 85kg weightlifting competition. London was the site of Iranâ€™s first participation in the Olympics back in 1948.