0417 GMT September 24, 2022
A total of six medals, including a gold, saw Iran finish runner-up at the women’s competitions of the 2021 Asian Taekwondo Championships in Beirut, Lebanon – a first-ever feat achieved for the country.
Iran’s Negar Esmaeili beat her South Korean opponent Kang Mi-reu for the -46kg gold, while Melika Mirhosseini had to settle for a silver after coming short against Julyana al-Sadeq of Jordan in the -67kg final.
Ghazal Soltani (-53kg), Nahid Kiani (-57kg), Parisa Javadi (-62kg), and Zahra Pour-Esmaeil (+73kg) added four bronzes to the country’s medal count as Iran collected 265 points to finish behind South Korea, who dominated the women’s contests with 502 points, courtesy of three golds, two silvers, and a single bronze.
Vietnam stood third with 178 points after clinching a gold and silver apiece.
Iran’s head coach Mahroo Komrani was named Best Women’s Coach.
In the men’s competitions, Iran stood third with 207 points, following South Korea (381 points) and Uzbekistan (239 points) in the standings.
Sajjad Mardani beat Bae Yoon-min of South Korea 7-5 in the golden point round to grab the +87kg gold, while in the other Iranian-South Korean final, Amir-Mohammad Bakhshi was defeated by Kim Seok-bae and took the -74kg silver.
Armin Hadipour, who will represent Iran at the Tokyo Olympics, won the -58kg bronze.