0719 GMT January 19, 2020
Iran’s Sajjad Mardani settled for a silver medal in the fourth and final round of the 2019 World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Moscow, Russia, failing to secure a place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 31-year-old Iranian, however, will still have the chance to book an Olympics’ berth at the Wuxi 2019 World Taekwondo Grand Slam Champions Series, which kicks off on December 18 in China.
On Saturday, Mardani, representing the country in the men’s +80kg weight class, was beaten 21-10 by South Korean In Kyo-don in the final.
Mardani currently sits seventh in his respective weight division of the World Taekwondo Rankings and a gold medal in China will secure him a spot in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, Armin Hadipour (58kg) and Mirhashem Hosseini (68kg) collected the required points to take part in next year’s Games, despite leaving Moscow emptyhanded.
Hadipour suffered a 15-11 defeat against Russia’s Georgy Popov in a third-place bout, while Hosseini – two-time gold medalist in this year’s Grand Prix – was also beaten by the same result by China’s Zhao Shuai in a battle for bronze.