Turkish wrestler claims gold at World Championship
DHA photoTurkish wrestler Taha Akgül won the gold medal in the men’s 125-kilogram freestyle category on Sept. 12 at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas.
Akgül beat Azerbaijani wrestler Jamaladdin Magomedov 10-0 in the final at the Orleans Arena and became the world champion for the second time in a row.
Another Turkish wrestler, Yakup Gör, won the bronze medal on Sept. 12 in the men’s 70-kilogram freestyle category.
Gör beat Belarussian wrestler Azamat Nurykau 9-8 at the Orleans Arena.
Also in Las Vegas, Jordan Burroughs, the reigning Olympic wrestling champion at 74 kilograms, won the gold medal at the world championships for the third time.
The 27-year-old claimed his latest world title in impressive fashion, downing Mongolia’s Unurbat Purevjav by technical fall in the final.
“It feels amazing,” Burroughs said after his final win. “It was extremely tough for me this year. I was very pressed for time - extremely busy. For a long time, I was trying to be the best wrestler in the world in my spare time. But I’m fortunate enough to have a great supporting staff, a lot of prayer and I’m back.”
Elsewhere, Narsingh Pancham Yadav secured an Olympic quota place for India after bagging a bronze medal in the men’s 74-kilogram freestyle category, giving the country a reason to cheer.
With his third-place finish, he became the lone Indian to win a medal at the prestigious tournament as well as book a berth for the 2016 Rio Games.