0233 GMT January 16, 2019
On Saturday, Iranian taekwondokas collected three silvers and a bronze at the end of the first day of the 23rd Asian Taekwondo Championships currently underway in Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam.
A total of 267 taekwondokas from 34 countries have taken part in the competitions, which will continue until Monday, varzesh3.com reported.
Nahid Kiani, in the women’s -49kg weight category, earned Iran’s first silver after conceding a narrow 27-29 defeat to a rival from South Korea. She had earlier outpowered taekwondokas from Lebanon (25-4), the Philippines (22-8) and Indonesia (7-5).
Iran’s other silver medal was won by Mehdi Jalali (men’s -74kg). En route to the final of his weight class, he first defeated an opponent from Saudi Arabia 24-4, then, outmuscled a Qatari rival and next outscored a South Korean taekwondoka 8-7. Jalali, however, failed to continue his winning streak in the final and was defeated by an Uzbek rival 7-15.
In the men’s -58kg weight division, Farzan Ashourzadeh received Iran’s third silver after failing to emerge victorious in the final showdown against his South Korean rival, lacking two points to lose 4-5. Prior to his final match, he had powered past opponents from Indonesia (19-5), Uzbekistan and Thailand (13-11).
Iran’s sole bronze on the first day of the tournament was clinched by Armin Hadipour in the men’s -54kg division. He defeated taekwondokas from India (30-10) and Saudi Arabia (21-11) and failed to pull off a victory in his match with a South Korean rival to lose 24-12 and settle for a bronze.