Russia claimed the UWW Greco-Roman World Cup title today after beating Azerbaijan in the final in Abadan ©UWW

Russia claimed the United World Wrestling (UWW) Greco-Roman World Cup title today after beating Azerbaijan in the final at the Kowsar Sports Complex in Abadan.

Having secured top spot in Group A with a 7-1 victory over Germany, Russia progressed to the gold medal match with an unbeaten record and maintained it with a 5-3 success.

Among the quintet that contributed to Russia’s win was Mingiyan Semenov, who beat Taleh Mammadov in the 59 kilograms category.

There were also triumphs for Artem Surkov over Nofal Babayev at 66kg, Roman Vlasov against Elvin Mursaliyev at 75kg, Davit Chakvetadze at the expense of Islam Abbasov at 85kg and Sergey Semenov in his encounter with Sabah Shariati at 130kg.

Azerbaijan’s three points came courtesy of Rasul Chunayev at 71kg, Rafig Huseynov at 80kg and Orkhan Nuriyev at 98kg against Abuiazid Mantsigov, Adlan Akiev and Maksim Safarian respectively.

They had earlier ensured first place in Group B with a third successive 5-3 victory, this time over Ukraine.

They were followed in the standings by Turkey, who having beaten Belarus 6-2 in their final group match went onto lose the bronze medal match by the same scoreline against hosts Iran.

The home nation advanced to the battle for third place after overcoming Kazakhstan 6-2 to take second position in Group A.

Germany beat Ukraine 5-3 in the fifth-place play-off, while Kazakhstan defeated Belarus 6-2 in the seventh-place play-off.