Win Gold, Skip Army Training: Iran's Cycling Champion Shines At Asian Games

Mohammad Daneshvarkhourram won gold in the Asian Games cycling event and it earned him an exemption from military service.

updated: September 25, 2014 18:25 IST
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Mohammad Daneshvarkhourram's mother cried as the Iranian cyclist celebrated his gold medal at Asian Games.

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Incheon: Iran's new star keirin rider earned himself a pass out of military service by snatching a surprise Asian Games cycling gold Thursday -- reducing his relieved mum to tears.

At just 21 years old, Mohammad Daneshvarkhourram lined up against defending champion Azizul Awang of Malaysia and his veteran teammate Josiah Ng, but pushed across the line to win a photo finish. (Complete coverage of Asian Games 2014)

The university student was due to start military service after he graduates next year.

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