Iran bags two bronzes on Asian junior judo return

Iran finished its campaign at the Asian Junior Judo Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, with a couple of bronze medals.
Representing the country in the men’s -100kg contests, Mohammad-Hossein Yaqouti bounced back from a second-round defeat against South Korean Park Se-min to beat Mongolia’s Battulga Altangerel in the repechage round before defeating the Chinese Taipei’s Tsai Chieh-en in the third-place contest.
Amir-Abbas Movahed also left the event with a consolation bronze, thanks to a victory over Saudi Saud Manaie, having suffered a last-four defeat against Emirkhan Zholdoshkaziev of Kyrgyzstan.
This was a first appearance in the event in four years for the country after serving a suspension by the International Judo Federation, over and incident at the 2019 World Championships in Tokyo, where then-Iranian -81kg contestant Saeed Molaei was allegedly forced by the Iranian federation to withdraw from a bout against Belgian Matthias Casse to avoid a final showdown against Israeli Sagi Muki.

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