0713 GMT October 06, 2022
Iranians headlined the first day of the taekwondo competitions at the Islamic Solidarity Games – grabbing two golds and bronzes apiece.
An Asian gold medalist in June, Nahid Kiani secured a third gold for the country in the Games in Konya, Turkey, on Tuesday as she walked away with the ultimate prize of the women’s -53kg weight class, courtesy of a victory over Moroccan Oumaima El Bouchti in two rounds.
The joint bronze medals of the class went to Charos Kayumova of Uzbekistan and host’s Zeliha Ağrıs.
Hossein Lotfi, meanwhile, outpowered home favorite Görkem Polat in successive rounds for the men’s -58kg gold, with Azerbaijani Gashim Magomedov and Niger’s Nouridine Issaka Garba taking the bronzes.
Iran’s Hossein Lotfi celebrates after the victory in the men’s taekwondo -58kg final at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkey, on August 9, 2022.
Iranian Mehdi Haji Mousaei finished his campaign with a men’s -54kg bronze – alongside Jasurbek Kluchov of Kazakhstan – after suffering a last-four defeat against two-time European bronze medalist Deniz Dağdelen of Turkey.
The Turkish participant came short against Mahamadou Amadou of Niger in the final showpiece.
Nastaran Valizadeh also settled for a consolation bronze in the women’s -57kg contests after a semifinal setback against Turkish Hatice Kübra İlgün – a bronze medalist in last year’s Olympics.
İlgün also failed in the final against Morocco’s Nada Laaraj, while Laetitia Aoun of Lebanon took the other bronze.
The para swimming event on Tuesday was more of a head-to-head contest between Iranians Sina Zeighaminejad and Shahin Izadyar, who took their combined tally to nine medals in Konya.
Izadyar clocked 26.07 seconds to beat his compatriot to the men’s 50m freestyle (S4-S10) gold, as Zeighaminejad finished on 26.47 seconds for the silver, with Koral Berkin Kutlu of Turkey in third.
The two switched places on the podium in the 100m breaststroke (SB4-SB9), with Zeighaminejad coming out on top in 1:12.33 minutes – .29 seconds faster than Izadyar.
Iran’s Sina Zeighaminejad (L) and Shahin Izadyar pose for a photo with their para swimming gold and silver medals at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkey, on August 9, 2022.
Iranian sprinter Farzaneh Fasihi would leave Konya with mixed emotions after settling for an athletics silver in the women’s 100m contests.
Fasihi set a new national record of 11.30 seconds to top the semifinal heat and looked set to win the gold, before a respiratory distress – from which she has been suffering for a while – left her participation in the final hanging in the balance.
Iranian sprinter Farzaneh Fasihi celebrates after winning the women’s 100m silver at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkey, on August 9, 2022.
The Iranian still managed to take part in the final race but finished second to Bahrain’s Edidiong Odiong, who crossed the finish line in a new Games record of 11.03 seconds.
Ivorian Maboundou Koné took the bronze with 11.13 seconds – .01 seconds short of the Iranian.