Iran earned a record seventh men's sitting volleyball gold at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images

Iran were crowned men’s sitting volleyball champions for the seventh time after overcoming the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games final.

The record six-times winners have been the dominant force in the sport since claiming their first gold back in 1988.

Tokyo 2020 marked the first time since Atlanta 1996 that the gold medal match was not between Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Athens 2004 and London 2012 champions.

The two teams met in the semi-final stage in the Japanese capital where Iran earned a straight sets victory over their rivals, who they had beaten in the Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016 finals.

Iran enjoyed a strong start to the gold medal match at the Makuhari Messe Hall, winning the opening two sets 25-21, 21-14 against the RPC.

The RPC responded by winning the third set 25-17.

It proved only a temporary blip for Iran, who won the fourth set to seal a 25-21, 25-14, 19-25, 25-17 victory.

Morteza Mehrzadselakjani proved key to Iran’s success, with the world’s joint second tallest man scoring 28 points in the final.

Mehrzadselakjani, who is eight foot one inches tall, has learned to embrace the attention according to team mate Ramezan Salehihajikolaei.

Morteza Mehrzadselakjani, centre, scored 28 points in the gold medal match ©Getty Images
Morteza Mehrzadselakjani, centre, scored 28 points in the gold medal match ©Getty Images

"At first Morteza was very upset that all the attention is going toward him," Salehihajikolaei said.

"It bothered him a lot, but he has accepted the situation and tried to adapt himself to it along with the other members of the team.

"We had one goal.

"We wanted to reach that goal, and the best way is to unite together."

Bosnia and Herzegovina bounced back from their semi-final defeat to win the bronze medal match.

The Bosnian team lost the opening set to Brazil but responded impressively to win 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-11.

Brazil were able to celebrate a bronze medal in the women’s competition, with their team overcoming Canada 25-15, 24-26, 26-24, 25-14.

The gold medal match is scheduled to take place tomorrow with China set to face the United States.