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Sunday, August 5, 2012
Iran's Hamid Soryan wins Greco gold

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LONDON -- Hamid Soryan of Iran won an Olympic gold medal Sunday in men's 55-kilogram Greco-Roman wrestling.

The five-time world champion beat Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan 2-0, 1-0 to become the first Iranian to win a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Iran has 30 overall medals in freestyle but had only two, a silver and a bronze, in Greco-Roman before Sunday.

Bayramov, the defending world champion, lost in the Olympic final for the second straight time. He fell to Nazir Mankiev of Russia in Beijing.

Peter Modos of Hungary and Mingiyan Semenov of Russia won bronze medals.

In the final of the men's 74-kilogram category, Roman Vlasov of Russia won the gold.

Vlasov, who hails from the same Siberian town that produced wrestling great Aleksandr Karelin, beat Armenia's Arsen Julfalakyan 1-0, 1-0.

The 21-year-old Vlasov also won a world championship title in 2011 and has put himself in position to dominate this weight class for years to come.

Turkey's Selcuk Cebi, the two-time world champion that Vlasov beat at the world championships last year, was knocked out after his first match.

Lithuania's Aleksandr Kazakevic and Azerbaijan's Emin Ahmadov won bronze medals.

Information from The Associated Press was used in thisr report.