A singular stamp has been released in Iran to mark the 53rd anniversary of the demise of Gholamreza Takhti, the country’s 1956 Olympic wrestling champion.

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Commonly nicknamed Jahān Pahlevān “The World Champion” since of his chivalrous behaviour and sportsmanship. He was the most general athlete of Iran in the 20th century. Though lots of Iranian athletes have gained more international medals than he did.

Takhti gained his first Iranian title in 1950 and on his first trip overseas in 1951. He won a grey medal at the World Freestyle Championships in Helsinki. The first global medal ever increased by an Iranian wrestler. For more click here.

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A year later, he won another silver medal, over in Helsinki. This time in the 1952 Olympic Sports in the under-79 kilograms group. Takhti won an Olympic gold medal at Melbourne four years later in the under-87kg group and additional silver at Rome 1960. The year after he won additional World Championships title.

He barely missed a fourth Olympic medal at Tokyo 1964 when he finished fourth. Nonetheless, it is his sportsmanship Takhti is recalled for just as well as his conquests on the mat. A famous example was a match against Russian wrestler Alexander Medved who had an injured right knee.

When Takhti found out that Medved was injured. He avoided touching the injured leg and tried to attack the other leg instead, even though he lost. Takhti was originated deceased in a hotel room in January 1968 at the age of just 37.

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The Iranian Management officially announced his death a suicide. Though some speculated that he was murdered since of his political activities against the Pahlavi regime. Hundreds of thousands of mourners attended Takhti’s funeral.

Details of the new stamp were released by Iranian Wrestling Federation secretary-general Jalal Askari. Fans who normally visited the Ebn-e Babvieh Cemetery to pay tributes to Takhti. The anniversary was prevented from doing so this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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