IP- Less than away from the Paris 2024 Olympics, Turkey’s Merve Dincel, Iran’s Mahdi Hajimousaei, and Britain’s Jade Jones won gold on the first day of the World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Paris.

Iran PressEurope: The event, which will conclude on Sunday (September 3), is taking place in the Palais des Sports Marcel-Cerdan in Levallois-Perret, five kilometers north-east of the Grand Palais, where the Paris 2024 Olympic competition is due to take place from August 7 to 10 2024.

The first final of the night, in the women’s under-49 kilogram category, saw Dincel, who won the world title in Baku three months ago, up against Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Adriana Cerezo Iglesias of Spain.

Having won the first round due to higher registrations after the score had finished at 1-1, Dincel took the title in spectacular fashion with one second on the clock as, with the score at 0-0, she landed a kick to the head to win the round 3-0.

Cerezo Iglesias had reached the final after a hard-fought win against Iran’s Mobina Nematzadeh in the semi-final, having come back from a first-round loss to win the next two rounds.

Dincel had a smoother route to the final as she beat China’s Xiaolu Wang 2-0 in the second of the semi-finals.

The final match in the 58-kilogram weight category at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Paris did not take place, resulting in two gold and silver medals being awarded to Iran.

The Iranian team had a successful first night, earning one gold, one silver, and one bronze medal.

In the men's division, Mehdi Hajimousaei and Abolfazl Zandi displayed exceptional performances, defeating all their opponents to reach the final match in the -58 kg weight category.

However, due to a decision made by the Iranian technical staff, the final match was not held. As a result, Hajimousaei was awarded the gold medal and Zandi received the silver medal. 

Hajimousaei secured his spot in the finals by defeating Dionysos from Greece, Vito Dell'Aquila from Italy (the gold medalist of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and world champion in 2022), Jack Woolley from Ireland, and Bailey Lewis from Australia. Similarly, Zandi defeated Brandon Plaza Hernandez from Mexico, Tae-Joon PARK, and Jang Jun from South Korea (who stood in third and fourth), as well as Khalil Jandoubi from Tunisia to reach the finals.

In the women's category, Mobina Nematzade represented Iran in the under 49 kg weight class.

She defeated Barita Bakisheva from Kazakhstan, Jana Khattab from Egypt, and Bruna Duvancic from Croatia to secure her place in the semi-finals.

In a closely contested match against Cerzo Iglesias from Spain (the silver medalist of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics), Nematzadeh narrowly lost with a score of 2-1 but still managed to win the bronze medal.

Unfortunately, Nahid Kiani competing in the under -57 kg weight class lost her first match to Karima Tami from Tunisia with a score of 2-0, resulting in her elimination from the tournament.


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