ULAN BATOR, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Mongolian wrestler Namsraijav Batsuuri from Uvs province attained the high rank of "Titan" in the country's traditional wrestling tournament on Thursday.
Batsuuri did so by defeating Titan Chimedregzen Sanjaadamba in the final round of the wrestling tournament of Naadam, the annual national sports festival.
The 31-year-old wrestler became the 23rd Titan in the history of Mongolian traditional wrestling.
Naadam, which means "games" in the Mongolian language, is the most important event for Mongolian traditional wrestlers, who can only attain rank during this festival.
A total of 512 wrestlers, including 88 wrestlers with national titles competed in this year's Naadam.
A wrestler who wins five fights in succession during Naadam becomes known as Falcon, and a six-fight winner takes the title of Hawk. The title of Lion is bestowed on the winner of the entire festival, and a two-time festival winner becomes known as Titan.
Six wrestlers became Falcons of the nation and three others took the title of Hawk during this year's Naadam.
The most widely watched festival in Mongolia, Naadam features wrestling, horse racing and archery. Inscribed in the UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the official holiday is celebrated from July 11-15.