Althea Laurin won France's first gold at the World Taekwondo Junior Championships in Tunisia ©World Taekwondo

The record-breaking World Taekwondo Junior Championships drew to a close in Tunisia today with Russia and Iran finishing top of the female and male medal table respectively.

Over the course of the Championships nearly 1,000 young athletes from 118 countries around the world took part, demonstrating the universality of taekwondo.

A total of 27 countries also won medals in the La Salle Couverte in Hammamet, demonstrating the sport’s extensive strength in depth.

The final day saw the gold medals claimed by Althea Laurin of France in the junior female under-68 kilograms category, Mohammad Ali Khosravi of Iran in the junior male under-78kg category, Kristina Adebaio of Russia in the over-68kg category and Emre Kutalmış Atesli of Turkey in the over-78kg category.

Today’s action meant that Russia topped the final junior female medal table with one gold, one silver and five bronze medals.

Britain claimed second spot having won two gold medalsthis week, while South Korea came third having won one of each medal colour.

Iran claimed top spot in the overall junior male medal table with an impressive seven golds and two bronze medals.

South Korea took second spot with one gold, one silver and two bronze medals, whilst Turkey finished into third with one gold and two silver medals.

Andrey Ananchenko of Russia and Vahid Abdollahi of Iran won best female coach and best male coach respectively.

 The "MVP" awards were claimed by Iran’s Hossein Lotfi, winner of the gold medal in the junior male under-45kg category, and South Korea’s Mireu Kang, winner of the gold medal in the junior female under-42kg category.

The next World Taekwondo Junior Championships are due to be held in Sofia in Bulgaria in 2020.

"MVP" awards at the World Taekwondo Junior Championships were awarded to Iran’s Hossein Lotfi and South Korea’s Mireu Kang ©World Taekwondo

Laurin’s victory came in the first final of the day, and she claimed France’s first win of the Championships over Alena Viana of the United States with a 20-4 result.

The bronze medals were won by Valeriia Mokeeva of Russia and Althea Laurin of France.

Khosravi won Iran’s seventh gold of the Championships with a 41-21 victory over Jin-Hong Lim of South Korea.

Zhengyang Li of China and Ali Mabrouk S Almabrouk of Saudi Arabia claimed the bronze medals on offer

Adebaio earned her gold in a tight contest against Wenzhe Mu of China, eventually earning an 8-5 result.

Chieh-Yu Lin of Chinese Taipei and Isabeau Van Droffelaar of The Netherlands won the bronze medals.

Atesli’s gold came against Meng-en Lee of Chinese Taipei in a highly dramatic fight in which he moved into a one point lead with 20 seconds to spare, eventually coming through 9-8.

The bronze medals were claimed by Nima Mehrali of Iran and Patrik Pereira Cardoso of Brazil.