Hamid SORYAN

Islamic Republic of Iran IRI

Wrestling Greco-Roman

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Beijing 2008
  • Year of Birth
    1985
Olympic Results

Biography

Hamid SORYAN

Five-time world champion Hamid Soryan won Iran its first gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling when he defeated Azerbaijan’s Rovshan Bayramov at London 2012.

Soryan, 26, made it to the final having despatched Hungary’s Peter Modos in the quarter-finals and Denmark’s Haakan Nyblom in the semis. He entered the battle for gold in the 55kg category as favourite and didn’t disappoint. He gut-wrenched Bayramov in the first period, then took the second half of the bout 1-0. Soryan's assured victory inspired Iran to collect a further two wrestling gold medals, as well as a silver and bronze.

Unlike their freestyle counterparts, Greco-Roman wrestlers, who have competed at every Olympic Games since 1908, use only their upper bodies and arms, with below-waist holds banned. The aim is to force your opponent’s shoulders on to the mat. Points are awarded for throws and holds. A takedown can score one to five points, while a reversal – overcoming an opponent from a defensive position – is worth a single score. Exposure – when a wrestler exposes his rival’s back to the mat for a few seconds – can win three points.

Victory can come from a win by fall, technical superiority, default or injury. The number of cautions received can decide a tied contest, or the last wrestler to score a technical point.

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Rio 2016

#11
Featherweight, Greco-Roman (≤59 kilograms)
Featherweight, Greco-Roman (≤59 kilograms) Wrestling
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London 2012

G
Featherweight, Greco-Roman (≤55 kilograms)
Featherweight, Greco-Roman (≤55 kilograms) Wrestling
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Beijing 2008

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Featherweight, Greco-Roman (≤55 kilograms)
Featherweight, Greco-Roman (≤55 kilograms) Wrestling