Zenoorin and Guliyev provide golden flourish in the taekwondo
Alizadeh Zenoorin of Iran took the gold in the women’s -63kg taekwondo competition at Nanjing 2014 on 20 August, after stepping up a category following her Junior World Championship crown in March.
The Iranian showed a calm, controlled fighting style. Her final opponent, Yulia Turutina (RUS), offered strong resistance, but Zenoorin took the lead in the first round and never relinquished it on her way to a 10-7 victory.
“Recently we [Iran] have had women world champions and medallists, so it is good news for all the girls who are practising taekwondo,” Zenoorin said.
Turutina said: “It was not quite enough for me today, but this medal still is my most important achievement so far.”
Zhang, the +68kg world junior champion, and Debbie Natalia Yopasa Gomez (COL) shared the bronze medals. Jelic (CRO), the -63kg world junior champion, went home empty-handed.
In the men’s -73kg weight class, Azerbaijan’s Said Guliyev beat Germany’s Hamza Adnan Karim 10-4 to win gold, despite going 2-0 down in the first round. The Azerbaijani landed a head kick at the beginning of round two and took control.
“I cannot tell you my emotions, you have to become a champion in order to understand these emotions,” Guliyev said. “I am now the happiest person on earth.
“I was happy to be in the final but I had to get the gold. Azerbaijan never won [Olympic taekwondo] gold medal, so I made history.”
Karim was disappointed to lose to Guliyev for the third consecutive time. “It started very well, but unfortunately I was not able to take home the gold. I am glad to have the silver, but I really wanted gold,” said the 17-year-old from Nuremberg.