Iran’s Behnam Asbaghikhanghah brushed aside a stiff challenge from Korea’s Hun Kim to win the men’s -68kg final match for the gold medal.
Iran’s Asbaghikhanghah advanced to the final round by crushing his semifinal opponent, Spain’s Jose Antonio Rosillo Atencia, 8-3.
Korea’s Kim made his way to the final round as he beat Senegal’s Balla Dieye in a semifinal match 10-5.
Turkey’s Servet Tazegul, the gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games, failed to reach the round of 16 due to his injuries sustained during the previous matches.
In the women’s -67kg final match, France’s Haby Niare, the bronze medalist at the 2013 U.S. Open, outpointed her final-match opponent, Chinese Taipei’s Chia Chia Chuang, 5-4 to earn her country the gold medal.
After a scoreless first round, France’s Naire earned four points in the second round before ending a third-round score of 5-4.
Naire advanced to the final round by crushing Slovenia’s Franka Anic, the gold medalist at the 2013 U.S. Open, 2-0 in a semifinal match.
Chinese Taipei’s Chia Chia Chuang made her way to the final round by beating her semifinal opponent, Azerbaijan’s Farida Azizova, the gold medalist at the 2013 European Championships, 8-5.
Two gold medal hopefuls in the women’s -67kg weight category – Turkey’s Nur Tatar, the silver medalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games, and Paige McPherson of the United States, the bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games – failed to advance to the quarterfinal match.
The fourth day of the biennial championships, on July 18, will feature three weight categories: the men’s -54kg, the women’s -53kg and the women’s +73kg. The ongoing World Taekwondo Championships continue until July 21.