Despite a late challenge by other East European teams, the Soviet Union took the team title, and five gold medals, in the 1973 World Graco-Roman Wrestling Championships that ended in Teheran on Friday (14 September).
SV Karakov of USSR in light suit, wrestling
SV soviet on mat, being pursued by Bulgarian.
SV Time clock
SV Soviet Morchiladze USSR in lighter colour wrestling with in darker suit Peter Kment of Czechoslovakia (2 shots)
SV Winner announced by referee in blue (Czech)
GV Winners flags being hoisted.
SV Winners going to presentation stand.
SV Winner from Soviet Union getting medal.
Soviet wrestlers in bouts with wrestlers from Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia; referee decades a winner; flags being hoisted; Soviet wrestler receiving gold medal; winners going to presentation stand.
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Background: Despite a late challenge by other East European teams, the Soviet Union took the team title, and five gold medals, in the 1973 World Graco-Roman Wrestling Championships that ended in Teheran on Friday (14 September).
The Soviet Union, also taking two Silver and one Bronze medal, were followed by Poland in second place and Bulgaria in third. The only wrestlers form outside East Europe to win medals were Jan Karlson of Sweden, who took a silver in the welterweight division, and Rahim Aliabadi, the Iranian flyweight, who won a Bronze medal.
Competitors from 41 countries have been taking part in the Championships. There have been ten weight divisions in each of three categories - Freestyle, Greco-Roman, and Sambo.
Overall, the Soviet Union took twenty out of a possible thirty gold medals, with Iran taking three, and Poland, Mongolia, Rumania, and the United States all taking one gold medal apiece.
SYNOPSIS: Wrestlers from the Soviet Union have dominated the World Wrestling Championships, taking twenty out of a possible thirty gold medals. the Championships ended in Teheran on Friday, and have been market by the predominance of East European teams. In the Greco-Roman events, only two outsiders, Jan Karlson of Sweden, and Iranian Rahim Aliabadi, managed to win medals.
In this Bantam-weight bout, Rustan Kazakov, of the Soviet Union, takes on Hristo Traiko of Bulgaria. In the final scoring, the Soviet wrestler took the silver medal, and the Bulgarian, the bronze. The gold medallist was a Pole, Josef Lipien.
In the super-heavyweight class, wrestlers weight-in at over 100 killogrammes. In this bout, Shots Morchiladze, of the Soviet Union, does battle with Czechoslovakian Peter Kment, the eventual silver medallist. The Soviet took the bronze, placing third, Alexander Tomcu, of Bulgaria, won the gold medal.
The Soviet team took five out of a possible ten gold medals in the Greco-Roman event, with other East European wrestlers taking the remaining five.
Competitors from over forty countries have been taking part in the 1973 World Wrestling Championships. Iran, the host country, has won three gold medals.
There have been ten weight divisions in each of the three events - Freestyle, Graco-Roman, and Sambo. It was the first time Sambo wrestling had been included in the World Championships. Sambo originated in the Soviet Union, and, not surprisingly, the Soviet team won nine of the ten gold medals in the event.