0836 GMT June 16, 2019
Mardani overpowered his Tongan rival Pita Taufatofua 16-1 in +80kg category in round of 16 to complete chain of good news on Saturday for Iranian camp and get through to the quarterfinals where he met Britain's Mahama Ch, Mehr News Agency reported.
While Cho was leading 3-1 in the first round, Mardani gained another point before to finish the second round 3-2.
In the third round, Mardani managed to secure another point and snatch a 3-3 draw which meant the two taekwondoka had to resume the match in a fourth round fighting over a golden point.
In the sudden-death stage Mardani appeared more aggressive and could control the match for almost two minutes before giving up all of a sudden to Cho’s kick which gained the British fighter one point guaranteeing his place in the semifinals.
Cho's failure to reach the finals having been defeated by an Azeri rival, shattered Mardani's hope for a repechage.
Radik Isaev of Azerbaijan won the gold medal of the division followed by Niger’s Issoufou Alfaga Abdoulrazak who finished in the second place. Meanwhile, Maicon de Andrade Siqueira of the host Brazil and South Korea’s Cha Dong-min scooped the bronze of the tournament in +80kg category.