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Iran stands second at world junior taekwondo meet

Tehran, June 18, IRNA -- Iran finished runner-up to the home team South Korea in the World Junior Taekwondo Championship Thursday.

Iran won one gold, three silver, and two bronze medals.

China, Russia, and the Czech Republic ranked third to fifth respectively.

Iran's three silvers came as Hadi Khamseh, Reza Nazari, and Babak Jozyari stood second.

Khamseh and Nazari finished runner-up in the fifth and eight weights Monday.

Khamseh, who routed a British semifinalist 14-7, was narrowly beaten 5-6 by a home player in the final.

Nazari lost to his South Korean opponent in the final 5-6.

Babak Jozyari won Iran's third silver medal Tuesday.

The Iranian player beat his Malaysian rival 4-2 in the third weight semifinal but lost to the South Korean finalist 5-6, snatching silver.

Siamak Naderi snatched the country's first bronze medal in the seventh weight on June 16.

Ahmad Rahnama added another bronze Thursday as he lost to his German opponent 4-7 in the fourth-weight semifinal.

The Iranian edged past his Italian rival 12-9 in the first round and crushed a Kenyan representative 5-1 in his second clash.

Rahnama narrowly defeated his Malaysian opponent 6-5.

The Malaysian player had overcome his powerful opponent from South Korea.

He booked a berth in the semifinals after thrashing a French participant 13-5.

Hossein Tajik was the sole player of Iran, who grabbed the coveted gold by beating his Chinese finalist 9-8 in the final of eighth weight category on June 28.

... Payvand News - 6/18/04 ... --

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