ASTANA, Kazakhstan (August 30, 2014) – China, Chinese Taipei and Iran grabbed one gold medal each on the second day of the 2014 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 2 in Astana, Kazakhstan on Aug. 30, 2014.
China’s Yun Fei Guo brushed aside a stiff challenge from Sweden’s Elin Johansson, who ranked second on the WTF Olympic ranking, to win the women’s -67kg final match 4-3 for the gold medal. Guo, who ranked 26th on the WTF Olympic ranking, also received a prize money of $5,000.
In the female division, the bronze medal went to Russia’s Anastasia Baryshnikova and Chinese Taipei’s Yann-Yeu Chen.
Chinese Taipei’s Chen Yang Wei, who ranked second in the WTF Olympic ranking, pounded Iran’s Farzan Ashour Zadeh Fallah 9-5 in the men’s -58kg final match to earn his country the gold medal.
Argentina’s Lucas Guzman and Australia’s Safwan Khalil had to settle for the bronze medal in the same female division.
In the men’s -80kg final match, Iran’s Mehdi Khodabakhshi clinched the gold medal as his final-match opponent, the United States’ Steven Lopez, withdrew from the final match for his arm injury sustained during his quarterfinal match against Aaron Cook of the Isle of Man.
In the male category, Great Britain’s Damon Sansum and France’s Torann Maizeroi shared the bronze medal.
A total of 206 athletes from 50 countries are competing at the Sport Center Daulet for top honors in the Astana Grand Prix event, which will continue until Aug. 31. All semifinal and final matches are broadcast live by the Kaz Sport television during the three-day Astana Grand Prix event.
The third and final day of the competition, on Aug. 31, will feature two weight divisions: the women’s -57kg and the men’s -68kg.