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Iran's Rostami wins world taekwondo gold

Morteza Rostami won the second gold of Iran and his teammate Mehdi Bibak was eliminated in the 16th World Taekwondo Championships (WTC) in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, IRNA reported.

Representing the country in the eighth weight category, Rostami crushed his Croatian opponent 10-3 in the semifinal and defeated his Danish rival in final.

In the fourth weight, Bibak thrashed his opponent from New Zealand 14-5 but he was knocked out of the event by 2001 third weight gold winner Woon Kang from South Korea 10-3. Iran would would have celebrated the world title if Bibak had won the Korean champion.

Rostami's victory in the final took Iran to 59 points. South Korea has now 53 points.

Iran had already snatched one gold and two silver medals at the world meet.

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.

Omid Gholamzadeh of Iran snatched a bronze medal in the third weight Saturday.

Attended by 815 taekwondo players from 110 countries, the 16th edition ends on September 28.

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