Mianeh IAU Student Shines at World Taekwondo Championships

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 16:53

A student of Mianeh Islamic Azad University brought home a silver medal from the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships.

In the final round, Mirhashem Hosseini competed against Zhao Shuai, champion of the 2016 Olympics, Bronze medalist of the 2015 World Championship and 2016 Asian Championship, and won a silver medal in the -63kg weight category with a final result of 11-5.

The South Korean squad was followed by the Russian outfit, which accumulated 62 points to be named the vice champion. The Russians bagged one gold, three silvers and one bronze medal.

The 2017 World Taekwondo Championships, which was the 23rd edition of the World Taekwondo Championships, opened in Muju, South Korea, on June 24 and ran through June 30. A total of 973 athletes from 183 nations took part in the prestigious international tournament.

The Iranian men's national taekwondo team consisted of Armin Hadipour, Farzan Ashourzadeh, Mirhashem Hosseini, Abolfazl Yaghoubi, Masoud Hojjizavvareh, Pourya Erfanian, Saeid Rajabi, and Sajjad Mardani. They were participated in the under 54-kilograms, under 58-kilograms, under 63-kilograms, under 68-kilograms, under 74-kilograms, under 80-kilograms, under 87-kilogram and over 87-kilogram weight categories.

Nahid Kiani, Tayebeh Parsa, Kimia Alizadeh, Melika Pourhosseini, Zahra Pouresmaeil, and Akram Khodabandeh were the members of the Iranian women's national taekwondo team, who vied for top honors in the minus 49-kilogram, minus 57-kilogram, minus 62-kilogram, minus 67-kilogram, minus 73-kilogram and over 73-kilogram sections.

The 2009 championships in Copenhagen was previously the largest Taekwondo event with 928 athletes from 142 nations. The WTF reported that 17 countries, including Togo, Tanzania and Malawi, competed for the first time.

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