Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:52PM
Legendary Iranian wrestler Gholam-Reza Takhti
Legendary Iranian wrestler Gholam-Reza Takhti

The Iranian capital hosts a photo exhibition to commemorate legendary free-style wrestler Gholam-Reza Takhti.

The event has been organized by collector Abbas Khojasteh and exhibits some 400 images mostly from the late athlete’s personal albums.

“I have been collecting Takhti’s photos since I was 13,” said Khojsteh. “Lots of effort have gone into collecting this archive and I have sometimes traveled to other cities to search for new photos.”

The exhibition opened on the birth anniversary of Takhti on August 27, and will run until September 9 in the Iranian capital Tehran.

Takhti was born in 1930 in Tehran.

He is known as Iran’s most popular athlete in the 20th century, and commonly referred to as Jahan Pahlevan (The World Champion) because of his chivalrous behavior and sportsmanship.

He won his first Iranian championship in 1950 and received a silver medal at the world freestyle championships in Helsinki - the first international medal ever gained by an Iranian wrestler- in 1951.

Takhti repeated his silver medal at Helsinki’s Summer Olympics in the following year. He also garnered Olympic gold and silver medals in 1956 and 1960 respectively.

He passed away on January 7, 1968 and was laid to rest at Ibn-e Babouyeh cemetery in southern Tehran.