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20 Aug 2014
Nanjing 2014 , YOG , IOC News

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.”

The 17-year-old from Samara had beaten world champions in the quarter- and semi-finals, first Matea Jelic (CRO) and then Zhang Chen (CHN).

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.

Danial Salehimehr (IRI) and Seif Eissa (EGY) picked up the bronze medals in the men’s event.

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