TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran won the freestyle wrestling World Cup on Friday after beating Russia 6-1 in the final.

The United States, which lost to Iran on Thursday, finished third after beating Belarus 6-1. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad then attended the awards ceremony for the event, shaking hands with some members of the U.S. team — a rare gesture of good will from both sides.

Iran's public sports broadcaster showed parts of the ceremony live.

The tournament has been a scene of unity among participants against a decision by International Olympic Committee to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympics. That provided a common goal for Iran and the U.S., two prominent wrestling nations who have not had diplomatic relations since the 1979 Islamic Revolution after the U.S. Embassy was stormed, leading to 52 Americans being held hostage for 444 days.

Hasan Rahimi, Masoud Esmailpour, Sadegh Goudarzi, Ehsan Lashkari, Hamed Tatari and Komeil Ghassemi all posted wins for Iran, while Alan Gogaev defeated Mahdi Taghavi for Russia's only victory.

Earlier Wednesday, Russia won the Greco-Roman title after beating Iran in the final. Turkey finished third.

 

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