By Nick Butler

Ryu Han-Su celebrates one of two gold medals for South Korea on the final day of the wrestling world championships in BudapestSeptember 22 - South Korea won two Greco-Roman gold medals on the final day of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) World Championships in Budapest today, as both Iran and Russia also ended the eight-day event on a high.

It was South Korea's day most of all, however, as after winning just two minor medals over the previous seven days the nation won its first world title for 14 years courtesy of Ryu Han-Su in the 66 kilogram division.

Rather like the buses, after a long wait two triumphs then came at once as Kim Hyeon-Woo - gold medallist the 66kg at London 2012 - took another victory in the 74kg category.

The fact that both wins came against higher fancied Olympic champion opposition provided double cause for celebration

Ryu overcame Russia's Islam-Beka Albiev after the Beijing 2008 Olympic champion was disqualified for being unable to adopt the correct starting position when trailing 5-3.

The young Korean then celebrated his first World Championship title with a Gangnam Style celebratory dance on the mat with his coach to the delight of the crowd before admitting that he was "extremely happy".

"My enthusiasm lasted until the last second of the match, but I think that I won it on my mentality," he added.

Ryu Han-Su (in red) on his way to victory in a fiercely contested 66kg final over Islam-Beka AlbievRyu Han-Su (in red) on his way to victory in a fiercely contested 66kg final
over Islam-Beka Albiev

South Korea's second victory was even more surprising as Kim upset another Russian in Roman Vlasov.

Vlasov is the reigning Olympic and European champion in the weight class but struggled due to the constant forward pressure inflicted by his opponent before a late slip and subsequent takedown proved fatal in a 2-1 defeat.

"I am happy because I was able to beat an Olympic and European champion," said Kim.

"Now I have the gold medal.

"Next year I would like to win Asian Games and then I will concentrate on Rio."

Elsewhere, three years after winning a world title at 96kg, Iran's Amir Aliakbari illustrated that the move up in weight was worth it as he won the 120kg final 4-0 over Heiki Nabi of Estonia.

After winning a silver medal at London 2012, the Estonian finished runner up once again on this occasion.

There was also a first medal of the championships for Germany courtesy of Frank Stäbler, who won 66kg bronze, while Sandeep Tulsi Yadav ensured India's first ever Greco-Roman podium finish at senior world level by taking the other bronze medal. 

Despite their two final defeats, it was Russia who had the last laugh as they won the Greco-Roman team title with 43 points ahead of South Korea's 37, while host nation Hungary sat a further six points behind in third.

With more than 13,000 fans watching the final day on FILA's live stream, the Championships continued the high that wrestling is currently on following its successful bid to return to the Olympic fold at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Buenos Aires earlier in September.

The next World Championships are due to take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in September 2014.