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Iran’s Nima Alamiyan makes history in ITTF World Tour Belgium Open
Nima Alamiyan from Iran made history by winning his first-ever gold medal in a ITTF World Tour.

Alamiyan seized a gold medal in the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Belgium Open on Saturday.

In the men's singles, Nima Alamiyan reached the final as he overcame Hungary's Adam Szudi by 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 and 13-11.

In the final he met Romanian Hunor Szocs, who beat Sweden's Hampus Nordberg by 11-8, 11-9, 11-7, 11-13, 11-4 in semifinals.

Alamiyan was leading by 11-7 and 12-10 but Szocs managed to level by 11-4 and 11-9.

The Iranian player returned in the fifth game and won by 11-7.
 In the next game Alamiyan kept dominating and sealed his victory by 11-8.

“It was a fantastic week for me, I had never won a title and now I win the doubles and singles titles here in Belgium”, said Nima Alamiyan who had never previously ventured beyond the second round of an ITTF World Tour Men’s Singles event.

 “I hope to rise 50 places in the world ranking now; I will prepare now for the Asian Championships all top players will be there, so it will be difficult to get a medal,” he added.

In the men's doubles event, Alamiyan paired up with his brother Noshad Alamiyan. The Iranian pair reached the final after defeating Japan's Mizuki Oikawa and Kohei Sambe by 5-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6 and 14-12.

 In the final they faced Hungary's Nandor Ecseki and Adam Szudi and stood victorious by 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 and 11-7.


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