News ID: 215734
Published: 0229 GMT May 26, 2018

Iranian taekwondokas clinch four medals on first day of Asian championship

Iranian taekwondokas clinch four medals on first day of Asian championship
Mehdi Jalali

Sports Desk

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, 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.


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