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Iran crowned taekwondo champ in Asia after 38 years

ZHENGZHOU, China, Apr. 28 (Mehr News Agency)-- Iran's Men's Taekwondo Team has brought Korea's reign to an end after 38 years in the Asian championship in Zhengzhou, China, on Monday.

Iranian taekwondokas hoisted the country's flag after seizing the title in the 18th Asian Senior Taekwondo Championship. Powerhouse South Korea had been crowned over the past 17 editions.

S.Korea came second as Chinese Taipei, Jordan and Vietnam finished third through fifth in the competitions, respectively.

Iran bagged four gold medals by Mohammad Bagheri Motamed, Alireza Nasr Azadani, Farzad Abdollahi and Kurosh Rajoli while Reza Naderian took the silver medal.

S.Korea stood behind Iran with two gold medals and two bronze.

In the women's category, Iranian taekwondo athletes finished in fourth place for the first time. Fatemeh Nemati claimed the first ever gold medal and Soheila Sayyahi took the bronze.

Chinese Women Team clinched the championship with three gold medals, one silver and two bronze. South Korea and Chinese Taipei came in second and third places, respectively.

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