Mon Apr 10, 2017 09:34AM
Iran women's national taekwondo team
Iran women's national taekwondo team

Female Iranian taekwondo fighters have featured praiseworthy displays of spinning kicks and fast kicking techniques at the first edition of Africa, World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) President Cup G2 in Morocco, and claimed the title at the end of the international event.

The Islamic Republic of Iran ended on the top of the medal count table with 8 (three gold, two silver and three bronze), having notched up 30 points.

The Ivory Coast was second with 4 medals (one gold, one silver plus two bronze) and 12 points. Croatia finished third with a total of three medals (one gold, one silver and one bronze), having garnered 11 points.

On Sunday, Haniyeh Akhlaghi got the bronze medal in the women’s minus 67-kilogram weight division after she lost her final contest 4-5 to a representative from Croatia.

Iranian taekwondo fighter Soudabeh Poursadeghi also earned the bronze medal in the minus 49-kilogram weight category. 

The achievement came on the same day that Iran’s Akram Khodabandeh prevailed over Moroccan participator Wiam Dislam 6-4 in the final fight of the female over 73-kilogram weight category to snatch the gold medal. 

In the minus 49-kilogram weight section, Nahid Kiyani conceded defeat to an opponent from Croatia to earn the Islamic Republic of Iran a bronze medal.

Earlier, Iran’s Fatemeh Maddahi had overcome her compatriot Kiana Akhavan in the ultimate showdown of the female minus 46-kilogram category, and won the gold.

Fatemeh Mostafaei and Nafiseh Mokhlesi collected the silver and bronze medals in the minus 73-kilogram section as well.

The first edition of Africa, WTF President Cup G2 opened in Agadir, Morocco, on April 7 and finished on April 9, 2017.