Iranian freestyle wrestler Hassan Rahimi has become the world’s second best athlete in the 57-kilogram weight category in the March 2016 edition of the United World Wrestling rankings.
The 26-year-old 2015 claimed the second ranking spot of the weight class, standing behind Vladimir Khinchegashvili from Georgia.
Russian freestyle wrestler Viktor Lebedev, Jong Hak-jin from North Korea, Russian sportsman Ismail Musukaev and Mongolia’s Bekhbayar Erdenebat landed in the third to the sixth places.
On September 13, 2015, Rahimi, a World Wrestling Championships silver medalist, exhibited impressive performances in the 57-kilogram category of the 12th edition of the World Wrestling Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, and overwhelmed his Venezuelan, Belarusian, American, North Korean and Russian opponents (4-3, 7-0, 3-0, 5-3 and 5-1 respectively) to reach the final.
He, however, suffered a bitter defeat (4-5) from Georgian sportsman Vladimer Khinchegashvili to take home the silver medal.
The 12th edition of World Wrestling Championships opened in Las Vegas, the United States, on September 7, and finished on September 12, 2015.
Dozens of sportsmen and women from various countries, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estionia, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Norway, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine took part in the event.
Male Greco-Roman wrestlers vied in the 59-kilogram, 66-kilogram, 71-kilogram, 75-kilogram, 80-kilogram, 85-kilogram, 93-kilogram and 130-kilogram weight categories on September 7 and 8. Iranians landed in the fourth spot.
Male freestyle athletes competed from September 10 to 12 to clinch a medal in the 57-kilogram, 61-kilogram, 65-kilogram, 70-kilogram, 74-kilogram, 86-kilogram, 97-kilogram and 125-kilogram sections.