|Mobina Kalivand of Iran (left) fights against Azhar Aubakirova of Kazakhstan in the girls’ 44kg category. — VNA/VNS Photo Mạnh Linh|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Iran had no worthy rival at the second Asian Cadet Taekwondo Championship, which closed in HCM City on June 7.
Iranian fighters pocketed 12 golds, four silvers and three bronzes, leading the ranking table by a huge margin.
Kazakhstan came second with one gold, four silvers and eight bronzes, while Jordan ranked third with one gold, three silver and two bronze medals. Việt Nam failed to make it in the top three.
On the second day of the tournament, the hosts pocketed one silver and two bronze medals. Đặng Khánh Nhi came second in the girls’ U44kg class. Nguyễn Phạm Quý Hiền finished third in the boys’ U37kg, while Lưu Huệ Nghi was third in the girls’ U33kg. On the first day, Vietnamese fighters won three silvers.
Meanwhile, Việt Nam topped the second Asian Cadet Taekwondo Poosae Championship on June 6, with four titles.
“The tournament is more superior in terms of quality of athletes compared with the first one. We have discovered a number of young, talented athletes, who will be trained intensively for future competitions,” said Trương Ngọc Để, president of Việt Nam Taekwondo Federation.
The Asian tournament attracted around 300 athletes from 17 countries and territories. The next event for the 12-14 age group will be in 2019.
After this continental event, athletes will go to Egypt to take part in the 3rd WTF World Taekwondo Cadet Championships, to be held from August 24 to 27. — VNS