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Iran wins one gold, two silvers at world taekwondo meet

Iran has snatched one gold and two silver medals at the World Taekwondo Championships (WTC) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, IRNA reported.

National taekwondo player of Iran, Hadi Saei, won a silver medal in the fifth weight of the world event Wednesday.

Representing the country in 72 kg, Saei overcame his rivals from Brazil, England, Sweden, Mexico, and Republic of Azerbaijan but he lost to his South Korean rival in final.

Austria and Azerbaijan tied at No. 3, bagging bronze. Behzad Khodadad added a silver to Iran`s asset as he narrowly lost to his Taiwanese rival 14-13 in the second-weight final. The Iranian player was ahead 4-2 but due to misjudgment he was announced the loser.

The bronze jointly went to the U.S. and South Korea. Iran`s gold was grabbed by Youssef Karami, who defeated the French finalist Michel 13-8.

Turkey and Republic of Azerbaijan finished third, winning the bronze medal.

... Payvand News - 9/27/03 ... --

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