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Iran comes second at WTF World Cup Team Championships
Iran finished in second place at the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) World Cup Team Championships on Wednesday.
Azerbaijan claimed the male title at the competition and China won the female title.

In the final of the men’s category, Iran in white uniforms, did battle with Azerbaijan in blue.

The Azerbaijan national team was composed of Radik Isaev, Sina Bahrami, Aykhan Taghizade, Said Guliyev, Milad Beigi Harchegani, and Mahammad Mammadov, while the Iranian national team comprised Armin Hadipour Seighalani, Mohammad Kazemi, Abolfazl Yaghoubijouybari, World Champion Masoud Hajizavareh, and Saeid Rajabi.

The match stared in tactical, stand-off style, before Azerbaijan seized a 3-1 lead, then gradually raised it, ending the round 8-6.

Round 2 started well for Azerbaijan, kicking off the Iranian fighter’s head guard . From then on, it was all downhill for Iran, unable to cope with the leg length and height of the Azeri players who were scoring with head shots from both long and close range. Despite some heroic play by the up-and-coming Abolfazl Yaghoubijouybari, Iran looked increasingly frustrated. The round ended 29-11 to Azerbaijan.

In the third, things continued to go Azerbaijan’s way .With just two minutes left, it was 38-16 to Azerbaijan. Iran desperately needed to pull something very special out of the bag – but the bag was empty. It ended 42-23 to Azerbaijan, worldtaekwondofederation.net wrote.

Iranian coach of Azerbaijan team Reza Mehmandoust won the Best Male Coach award.

The male MVP honors when to Iranian taekwondoka Milad Beigi, who is member of Azerbaijan team, and China’s Shuyin Zheng was chosen as the female MVP.

 
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