0743 GMT August 19, 2018
Two Iranians finished their campaign at the 2018 World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Moscow, Russia, on high notes, clinching two medals.
On Saturday, Armin Hadipour, representing Iran in the men’s -58kg weight category, had to settle for a silver medal after pulling out of the final against South Korea’s Jang Jun due to an injury he suffered during the semifinal victory over the 2017 world bronze medalist Vito Dell'Aquila of Italy.
The Italian and the host’s Andrei Kanaev took the joint-bronze medals.
Earlier in the competitions, Abolfazl Ya’qoubi had bagged a bronze in the men’s -68kg weight class.
Ya’qoubi was beaten by the two-time Olympics medalist Aleksey Denisenko of Russia in the semifinals to jointly claim the third place along with Brazil’s Edival Pontes. The Russian went on to beat the Briton Bradley Sinden in the final to win the gold.
A total of 256 athletes represented 58 countries in the second round of the sixth edition of the competitions in Moscow’s Alexander Gomelsky Universal Sports Hall CSKA on August 10-12.
The next series of the tournament will take place in Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei, on September 19-21.