South Korea and Iran claimed two gold medals each as taekwondo competition continued here today at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
Woo Hayoung secured South Korea's first title after beating Thailand’s Phannapa Harnsujin on golden point in the women’s under 53 kilograms final.
In a topsy turvy encounter, Harnsujin established a 6-1 lead before Woo scored 10 unanswered points.
Harnsujin then put together a late surge to move 12-11 ahead and looked set for victory until Woo salvaged a tie in the dying seconds.
Golden point was a typically tense affair, but it was Woo that managed to hold her nerve and seal a 15-12 win.
The bronze medallists were beaten semi-finalists Dinorakhon Mamadibragimova of Uzbekistan and Mariska Halinda of Indonesia.
South Korea’s second gold medal came in the women’s under 73kg final as Myeong Mina comfortably triumphed 10-2 over Uzbekistan’s Svetlana Osipova.
Favourite Kirstie Elaine Alora of the Philippines and Chinese Taipei’s Ma Ting-Hsia were the bronze medalls.
As was the case yesterday, Iran dominated the men’s events with Soroush Ahmadi and Saeid Rajabi prevailing in the under 63kg and under 87kg divisions respectively.
Ahmadi beat Thailand’s Nutthawee Klompong to top honours with a 10-7 victory.
Klompong scored the first point, but it was not long until Ahmadi established a lead that he did not surrender throughout the remainder of the contest.
Rajabi, meanwhile, produced a stunning comeback to overcome China’s Liu Jintao in golden point.
Despite trailing 14-2 early in the third period, the Iranian scored 14 of the following 16 points to earn a 16-16 draw.
Much to the delight of his supporters, Rajabi then went onto register a match-winning two points in the additional period.
Occupying the third step of the under 63kg podium were Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Duy and Chinese Taipei’s Ho Chia-Hsin.
South Korea’s Bae Ilgyu and the Philippines’ Kristopher Robert Uy rounded out the under 87kg medallists.
After two days of taekwondo competition, Iran lead the medal standings with four golds and one bronze.
South Korea are second with two golds, one silver and one bronze, while China are third with one gold, one silver and one bronze.
The third of five days of action is scheduled for tomorrow.