Iran’s Ashourzadeh and Alizadeh win gold at World Taekwondo Grand Prix

August 17, 2015 - 0:0

Farzan Ashourzadeh from Iran has grabbed the gold medal at the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 1 in the Russian capital Moscow on Saturday.

The 18-year-old, known as the Iranian “Tsunami”, one of the most dominant fighters on the circuit, took on Mexico’s Carlos Navarro in the men’s -58kg division at the Dinamo Krylatskoye Gymnasium.

The match was almost point for point, until the Iranian pulled ahead in the final round, leading the Mexican to uncork a down-to-the-wire series of spinning kicks from the very edge of the mat.

But it was “The Tsunami” for the victory, taking the final 8-5 for the gold medal after an action-packed and highly entertaining fight.

“I want to thank my coaches, my teammates, and all the fans for giving me energy and inspiration,” Ashourzadeh posted on his Instagram.

Germany’s Levent Tuncat and South Korea’s Tae-hun Kim both won bronze.

Elsewhere in the -57kg women’s category Kimia Alizadeh clinched another gold medal for Iran after beating 2012 Olympic champion Jade Jones in the final.