Iran Leads the Region


Iran’s Behdad Salimikordasiabi (C) kisses his gold medal sorrounded by compatriot Sajjad Anoushiravani Hamlabad (L) and Russia’s Ruslan Albegov, silver and bronze respectively during the men’s +105kg Group A weightlifting competition victory ceremony at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 7, 2012. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler (BRITAIN)

Iran more than doubled its medal count on Tuesday, moving into 12th place in the medal count. 26-year-old Greco-Roman wrestler (96kg weight class) Ghasem Gholamreza Rezaei and 22-year-old weightlifter Behdad Salimikordasiabi (Men’s 105kg) both brought home gold medals on Tuesday evening, while weightlifter Sajjad Anoushiravani Hamlabad came up silver after Salimikordasiabi and Ehsan Hadadi rounded out the quartet with a silver medal in the Men’s Discus Throw event.

Iranian athletes are set to participate in several upcoming events, giving the country a strong chance at bringing home another gold and continuing to lead the region. Notable is the geographic diversity of Iran’s 63-person team. The map below represents the hometowns of each of Iran’s 63 athletes (with a handful of exceptions: Iran’s two foreign-born athletes and two athletes with no hometown listed):

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