LAS VEGAS — Armenian Greco-Roman style wrestler Artur Aleksanyan (23 years) successfully defended his world champion title, defeating London 2012 gold medalist Ghasem Rezaei of Iran 3-0 in the 98kg final in Las Vegas. Bronze medals were won by Russian Magomedov Islam and Ukrainian Dmitry Timchenko.

Artur Alexanyan won all his fights overcoming Japanese Yasouiro Yanouira (8-0), Norwegian Martin Nilsen (4-0) and Ukrainian Dimitri Timchenko (10-1) in the 1/16th round. In the semifinals, Aleksanyan beat Romanian Alexous Tchiourariou (9-0) to reach the final.

Artur Aleksanyan is one of the most renowned Armenian Greco-Roman style wrestlers. He was silver medalist of the London Olympics, he is also the winner of the Universiade in Russian Kazan and a three-time European champion. Alexanyan is Armenia’s best hope for Olympic medal at the Rio Olympics next summer.

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