Iranian Greco-Roman wrestler Ghasem Rezaei has reinforced his world’s third-ranked position at the 98-kilogram weight category in the latest monthly rankings of the United World Wrestling.
The 31-year-old Rio 2016 Olympics bronze medalist renewed his claim to the spot on Thursday, and followed Yasmany Lugo Cabrera from Cuba and Armenian wrestler Artur Aleksanyan in the second and top positions repectively.
Turkey’s Cenk Ildem, Russian sportsman Nikita Melnikov, Swedish Greco-Roman wrestler Fredrik Schoen and Alin Alexuc-Ciurariu from Romania occupied the fourth to seventh spots of the chart.
On August 17, 2016, Rezaei registered an emphatic 8-0 victory in the round of 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 indoor stadium, and eliminated Venezuelan Greco-Roman wrestler Luillys Pérez.
He then faced 26-year-old Cuban opponent Lugo Cabrera in the quarter finals, but was not in perfect composure and eventually lost 4-0 to him.
The Iranian wrestler overcame Xiao Di from China and Sweden’s Schoen respectively in his pursuit of the bronze medal, and ended his campaign, ranking third in the world.