Photo: Iran clinches a total of 98 medals in Islamic Games

A total of 98 medals wrapped up the participation by Iranian athletes in the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in the capital city of Azerbaijan, Baku.

The final day of the competition yielded 14 gold medals for Iranians taking the overall tally to 39 golds.

On Sunday, the Iran men’s youth volleyball team registered an emphatic win by seeing off the Azerbaijani squad 3-0, with the set scores of 25-16, 29-27 and 25-18 in the title match played at the Crystal Hall 1in Baku.

The Iranian pair of Shahnam Nazarpour and Mojtaba Valipour also clinched a gold medal in the final heat of men’s 10m synchronized platform, having tallied 326.04 points.

They were followed by Artem Danilov and Dmitriy Sorokin from Azerbaijan, who earned 265.11 pts. The Iraqi divers Hussein al-Elayawi and Hussein al-Maliki landed in the third place with 215.64 pts.

Meanwhile, Iran’s zurkhaneh practitioner Ali Jalijoo received the gold medal in charkhe teez competitions. His Iraqi and Azerbaijani opponents finished second and third respectively.

In the meel bazi division of zurkhaneh, Pejman Sokoonati topped the podium. The Azerbaijani athlete picked up the silver medal, and Afghan competitor took the bronze.

Mohsen Golestanizadeh from Iran stole the show in the kabbadeh contests, and clinched the gold medal. Iraqi and Azerbaijani representatives claimed the silver and bronze medals respectively.

In the charkhi chamani, Ali Jalijoo finished in the first spot. Azerbaijani contestant and the athlete from Afghanistan claimed the second and third places.

Mostafa Mofid added another gold medal to Iran’s medal tally at the games with his impressive performances in meel sangin contests. Iraqi and Azerbaijani contesters claimed the silver and bronze medals respectively.

Iranian Mobin Zibalagha managed to win a silver medal in the sang competitions. Rufat Gulaliyev from Azerbaijan snatched the gold medal and Tajikistani athlete got the bronze.

Elsewhere in table tennis, Iranian team comprised Neda Shahsavari, Mahshid Ashtari, Maryam Samet and Saba Safari claimed a prestigious gold medal in women’s team contest overcoming the host team by a 3-1 score line in the final. Turkey grabbed the bronze.

Also in table tennis Iranian men’s team (Noushad and Nima Alamian, Afshin Norouzi and Amin Ahmadian) defeated Turkey in men’s team final game 3-1 to grab the gold medal. Azerbaijan finished third.

Iranian athletes took the center stage in wushu competitions as they clinched six gold medals. Moein Hajizadeh overcame his Turkish opponent in the men’s 52kg final to claim the gold medal.

Mahdi Mohammadi grabbed the men’s 56kg gold medal overcoming his Azerbaijani contender in the final contest. Iranian 60kg contester Erfan Ahangarian beat Tunisian Athlete in the final to take the gold medal.

Also in wushu games, Foroud Zafari grabbed the gold medal after beating host’s representative in men’s 65kg final. Saied Fazeli was also a gold medalist in wushu, overcoming his opponent from Azerbaijan in men’s 70kg final contest. Last gold medal of wushu competitions went to Iranian 75kg representative Yazdan Mirzaei as he beat the Egyptian contender in the battle for gold.

4th edition of Islamic Solidarity Games finished on Monday May 22 with the closing ceremony held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Iranian athletes finished the competitions with 39 golds, 26 silver and 33 bronze to take the third place in overall medals table of the games.

Host country Azerbaijan and Turkey finished first and second respectively.

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