Only 1 gold for Iran at Baku Taekwondo Grand Prix

TEHRAN, Dec. 11 (MNA) – Iran’s five-strong taekwondo squad only managed to scoop one gold medal in at WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final held in Azerbaijan’s Baku.

Attended by a total of top 64 taekwondo practitioners of the world, the event convened in four weight categories from December 9-10 in Sarhadchi Olympic Sports Complex of the Azerbaijani capital.

England ranked first in the medal standings for obtaining three gold trophies in Women’s section. South Korea ranked second with two gold, two silver and one bronze in both Men and Women divisions. Iran, Mexico and host Azerbaijan also secured only one gold medal each to end in the third place in the medal standings.

National Iranian taekwondo squad at the tournament comprised five taekwondo fighters including Armin Hadipour, Behnam Asbaghi, Abolfazl Yaghubi, Masoud Hajizavareh and Sajjad Mardani.

Meanwhile, Mardani remained as Iran’s only medalist who won the title despite injuries and other Iranian representatives offered rather poor performances conceding defeats against rivals.

Iran’s taekwondo team has so far attended ten editions of Grand Prix collecting 7 gold, 5 silver and 17 bronze medals. Three gold medals have been received by Mahdi Khodabakhsh, two by Farzan Ashourzadeh and two by Sajjad Mardani.

Iranian taekwondo practitioners seek to compensate for the poor performance by defending their vice-champion title at 2016 WTF World Taekwondo Team Championships to be competed in Baku on December 12-13.

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