Iran taekwondo fighter snatches gold in the Gyeongju event

Iranian taekwondo practitioner Mehdi Khodabakhsi has taken the country’s medal tally at the 2014 Gyeongju Korea Open International Taekwondo Championships in South Korea to five, winning a gold.



In the men’s minus 80-kilogram weight class, the 23-year-old Iranian athlete was given the first round off. He progressed 12–0 in his first contest at Gyeongju Indoor Stadium in the coastal city of Gyeongju because his opponent did not show up for the bout, informed

Khodabakhshi knocked out a contestant from South Korea in the second combat, and prevailed over Poland’s Piotr Pazinski 7-6 in the next.

The Iranian national then defeated his Filipino rival Christian AI dela Cruz 9-1 in the semi-final encounter.

In his final competition, Khodabakhshi was victorious over his South Korean opponent, receiving the gold medal.

On Saturday, Iranian sportsmen demonstrated dazzling performances at the taekwondo event and were awarded four medals, including two golds.

The 2014 Gyeongju Korea Open International Taekwondo Championships opened in the South Korean city of Gyeongju on July 11, and will wrap up on July 16.

The competitions are being staged in junior, senior and cadet categories. Cadet competitions are being held in two sections: 8-10 and 11-13 years old.

A total of 1,770 athletes are taking part in the five-day international taekwondo tournament. Team

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