Hosts South Korea secured the overall men’s title after claiming two gold medals on the final day of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) World Cadet Championships at the T1 Arena in Muju County.
Gi-yeong Lee defeated Vietnam's Dang Quang Pham 21-5 in the men’s under 49 kilograms final with a 12-point gap victory at the end of the second round, while fellow South Korean Chang-geun Kim came from behind to outpoint Iran’s Erfan Moradi 9-8 in the men’s under 57kg showdown.
South Korea won a total of three gold medals, one silver and one bronze to take top honours in the men’s division with a score of 63 points.
The under 49kg bronze medals went to Ukraine's Artur Kulida and Spain's Jose Bellido Martin, while Turkey's Taner Bas and Mexico's Luis Osorio shared the third step of the podium in the under 57kg category.
There was also a gold medal for Ukraine's Vladyslav Yerko in the men's under 61kg category, defeating Russia's Mikhail Sokolov in the final, with the bronze medals going to Kazakhstan's Yelaman Baltabayev and Thailand's Nuchit Rakyart.
Iran finished second to South Korea in the overall standings with two gold medals, two silvers and one bronze for 58 points, followed by Russia with one gold, two silvers and one bronze for 47 points.
Germany came fourth with two golds and one bronze for 38 points, four more than Thailand with one gold, one silver and one bronze.
As for the women’s division, Mobina Nejad Katesari rounded off a dominant performance from defending champions Iran by brushing aside the United States’ Kiana Chai Chong to win the under 37kg final, 5-4.
Victory saw Iran retain their overall women’s title with five gold medals, one silver and one bronze for a total of 83 points.
Thailand's Supara Jarussangkulku and Germany's Supharada Kisskalt had to settle for the under 37kg bronze medals.
In the women’s over 59kg category, the US's Melanie Diaz crushed her opponent Aysheh Alsedah of Jordan 16-4 in the final with a 12-point gap victory at the end of the second round, while the bronzes went to Egypt's Nada Elashkar and Russia's Kristina Adebaio.
Russia finished second to Iran in the overall standings with one gold medal, three silvers and one bronze for 48 points, while the US followed with one gold, one silver and one bronze for 37 points.
South Korea came fourth with one gold and one bronze for 36 points, three more than Turkey with one silver and three bronzes.
The four-day World Cadet Championships drew a total of 465 athletes, aged between 12 and 14, from 59 countries.
A KP&P protector and scoring system (PSS) and an instant video replay were adopted at the event, while electronic head gear with visors was used for the safety of the young participants.
South Korea’s Lee, the under 49kg gold medallist, was selected as the most valuable men’s player of the Championships, while Thailand's Ploylapus Chaiprasit, the under 41kg gold medallist, was named the women’s equivalent.
The Good Fighting Spirit Award went to Palestine, while India received the Active Participation Award.
The Best Referee Awards went to South Korea's Jae-sung Moon, Jordan's Anees Ibrahim Al-Atari and Austria's Reza Shojaie Aliabadi.
South Korea's Tae-hoon Lee was chosen as the best male team coach, while Iran's Mahru Komrani was selected as the best female team coach.
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