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According to the World Taekwondo Website, Iran set a Para Grand Prix Series record by winning 5 medals, including 4 gold medals at the 2022 Grand Prix Finals.
Iran Dominates Para Grand Prix Finals

 

It was a historic day in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as Para Taekwondo made its Grand Prix Finals debut – and the athletes responded with history-making performances.

Iran set a Para Grand Prix Series record by winning four gold medals at the 2022 Grand Prix Finals.

 

Iranian Domination

Iran marked its return to the Para Grand Prix Series in style with a dominant showing that included five medals, including four gold, in the 10 events.

World champion Hamed Haghshenas led the way for Iran, again beating Croatia’s Ivan Mikulic in a rematch of last year’s world championship final.

“I think silver is my colour”, Mikulic told World Taekwondo after receiving his Para Grand Prix Finals silver medal. Mikulic also won silver at Tokyo 2020, the 2021 World Championships, and both Para Grands Prix he competed in this year. “But it will be a different story at Paris 2024”.

Alireza Bakht picked up where he left off by winning the -80 kg gold. He also won gold at his last event – the first Para Grand Prix in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Saeid Sadeghianpour and Maryam Deroei won gold in -63 kg and 47 kg, respectively, while Roza Ebrahimi added a bronze in -57 kg to put the world on notice that Iran plans to pick up multiple medals at Paris 2024 to add to the gold and silver won by Asghar Azizi Aqdam and Mehdi Pourrahnama at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

 

Sadeghianpour savoured his victory, waxing stoic after a disappointing bronze at the Asian championships earlier this year.

“Sometimes it is necessary to embrace the storms of our lives”, he said about rebounding from the Asian championships loss to win gold in Riyadh, “Nothing grows without rain. May this always remain as a memory”.

 

Iran Para Taekwondo

Iran Taekwondo

 

SOURCE: World Taekwondo Website

Dec 20, 2022 15:06
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