1052 GMT January 17, 2022
The final day of the World Taekwondo Women’s Open Championships in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, saw Iran’s Zahra Sheidaei finish her campaign with a gold to lead the country to a third-spot finish in the medals table.
On Saturday, Sheidaei came out victorious against Russian Margarita Blizniakova by a 2-0 scoreline to bag the ultimate prize in the -57kg weight class.
“Thank God I won this medal for my country. I fought every second and put in all my efforts into it as I was so desperate for this achievement,” Sheidaei said after the final showdown, hailing the high quality of the competition, which was contested by most of the Tokyo Olympians.
Iran’s Zahra Sheidaei (2nd L) poses for a photo with her -57kg gold at the World Taekwondo Women’s Open Championships in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on November 27, 2021.
Aaliyah Powell of the Great Britain and Patrycja Adamkiewicz of Poland shared the third podium of the class.
It was the third medal of the event for Iran, after Kosar Asaseh (-62kg) and Melika Mirhosseini (-73kg) had grabbed the joint bronzes of their respective weight divisions.
Russia was crowned the champion of the inaugural competition – courtesy of two golds, four silvers, and a couple of bronze medals – with the Great Britain finishing runner-up with one gold and three bronzes.