Stepping It Up: Three Medals for the Region in Greco-Roman Wrestling


Iran’s Omid Haji Noroozi celebrates his victory on the on the Men’s 60Kg Greco-Roman wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 6, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (BRITAIN)

After a fantastic weekend showing, athletes from the Middle East and North Africa continue to impress, bringing home yet another three medals (in addition to that awarded to Habiba Ghribi) today.

Omid Haji Noroozi, an Iranian wrestler, took home a gold medal today in Men’s 60kg Greco-Roman wrestling. This is the first Olympic Games for the young athlete from Shiraz.

Egyptian Greco-Roman wrestler Karam Mohamed Gaber Ebrahim also medaled in the discipline, bringing home a silver in the 84kg weight class. And in the 120kg weight class, Turkish wrestler Riza Kayaalp—who competed in Beijing when he was just 18 years old—brought home a bronze for Turkey.