Iranian judo practitioner Amir Ghaseminejad has demonstrated great performances at the International Judo Federation (IJF) Judo Grand Prix in Mongolia, securing a bronze medal.
On Saturday, Ghaseminejad defeated 23-year-old athlete Alexander Wieczerzak of Germany in a competition held at the Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar to pick up the sole medal for Iran at the tournament in the men’s under 81 kilogram division.
Ghaseminejad had earlier defeated his Chinese opponent Zhang Wentao, whom he pinned to the tatami for victory.
However, the 28-year-old Iranian sportsman conceded defeat in his contest with Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medalist and two-time world champion Wang Ki-chun of South Korea, and could not clinch a spot in the final.
In the men's under 81kg final encounter, Japan’s Keita Nagashima secured his nation's gold medal of the Grand Prix with victory against South Korean judoka Wang Ki-chun.
The International Judo Federation (IJF) Judo Grand Prix opened in Ulaanbaatar on July 4 and wrapped up on July 6.
The three-day competitions brought together 284 judo practitioners, 165 men and 119 women, from 27 countries, including Russian Olympic champion Tagir Khaybulaev, London 2012 bronze medallist Dimitri Peters of Germany, Brazil's Rafael Buzacarini, European champion and world number three Beslan Mudranov of Russia as well as Mongolia's first female judo world champion Munkhbat Urantsetseg.
The athletes vied for world ranking points ahead of the World Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia, in August.