Iranian taekwondo fighter Abolfazl Yaghoubi Jouybari took the country’s medal tally to six when he snatched the second gold medal for Iran on Sunday.
In the men’s -48kg division, the Iranian athlete defeated his rivals from Taiwan, Thailand, Tajikistan and the Philippines before brushing aside a stiff challenge from his Jordanian opponent Almuatasembellah Abuzaid to win the final match 7-5 for the gold medal.
Totally, the Iranian squad won two gold medals by Abolfazl Yaghoubi Jouybari in -45kg and Pouria Erfanian Daneshvar in -78kg divisions, two silvers by Seyyed Abbas Sadeghi Tabari in -45kg and Mohammad Kazemi Foushazadeh in -51kg sections, and two bronze medals by Fatemeh Sha’bannia Mansour in -42kg and Atousa Zahrabiparvaresh in -49kg divisions.
The 9th World Junior Championships took place at the Sharm el-Sheikh Covered Hall, from April 4 to April 8. The World Taekwondo Federation, the sport’s governing body, said the biennial championships attracted a total of 753 athletes, including 424 males, from 90 countries.
During the five-day competition, Korea took home four gold and three silver medals for a total of 89 points in the men’s division, followed by Iran with two gold and two silver medals for 62 points. Russia came third with one gold and two bronze medals.
In the women’s division, Korea grabbed four gold medals for 73 points, followed by Russia with three golds and one bronze. Turkey finished third with two silver and two bronze medals.
The Best Male Athlete honors of the championships went to Korea’s Yeong-seok Kim, the gold medalist in the men’s -55kg category, while Korea’s Byeol Choi, the gold medal winner in the women’s -44kg division, was selected as the Best Female Athlete.