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Iran wins world university taekwondo medals

Tehran, June 5, IRNA -- Mehdi Bibak and Ali Tajik handed Iran two medals of the 8th World University Taekwondo Championship in Patra, Greece, Friday.

The Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology said Bibak, who rested in the first round of the fifth weight category thrashed his Russian rival 16-6 and narrowly beat the Universiad champion from Italy 16-15 in the second and third rounds, booking a berth in the semifinals.

The Iranian defeated a South Korean semifinalist and came close to the gold as he had overcome his US opponent 8-6 in the final 40 seconds from the normal time but he was announced the runner-up as he refused to continue due to his injury.

The third title jointly went to South Korea and Spain.

In the sixth weight class, Tajik routed a player from Puerto Rico 6-0 in his opening clash.

He outpointed an Italian 12-5 in the second round.

Tajik was stripped of a spot in the final as he lost to a home side's semifinalist 7-6 due to misjudgment, bagging bronze.

Greece celebrated the title, South Korea stood second, and Iran and Turkey tied at No. 3.

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