Iranian judoka Saeed Molaei has displayed remarkable athletic skills at Baku Grand Slam 2017 in Azerbaijan, and been awarded a silver medal at the prestigious sporting event.
On Saturday, Molaei prevailed over a representative from the host nation in his first minus 81-kilogram weight class contest at Haydar Aliyev Sport Hall in the Azerbaijani capital city of Baku.
He overwhelmed a French contestant in the next bout and progressed to the semi-final round.
Molaei downed 29-year-old Mongolian competitor Uuganbaataryn Otgonbaatar and found a place in the final showdown, where he fell to Rufat Ismayilov of Azerbaijan and won the silver medal.
Japanese Kenya Kohara and Mongolia’s Otgonbaatar shared the bronze medal.
Baku Grand Slam 2017 started in the Azerbaijani capital on March 10, and will finish on March 12. The competitions have attracted 183 judo practitioners from 31 countries, including Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chinese Taipei, Georgia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.