Iran’s Mirhashem Hosseini gains outstanding gold medal of Rome
The first round of Grand Prix Taekwondo competitions in 2019, which was held in Rome, Italy, on June 7-9, prompted motivated Iranian Taekwondo athlete, Mirhashem Hosseini to grab the gold and stand first, according to the Public Relation's department of the Iranian Taekwondo Federation.
The Rome Grand Prix was a three day tournament which took place in Foro Italico Center with the participation of 256 athletes from 60 countries.
The event helped participants collect points to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Iran's squad, participated with 4 athletes; namely Armin Hadipour (M-58kg), Mirhashem Hosseini (M-68kg), Soroush Ahmadi (M-68kg) and Sajjad Mardani (M+80kg).
The Roma 2019 World Taekwondo Grand Prix came to the end and the competition was marked by athletic excellence as well as moments of friendship and respect among athletes.
In the first final of the tournament, Mirhashem Hosseini secured men’s -68kg gold medal.
Lee or Mirhashem?
According to a report by masTKD, in the first final of the Grand Prix, Dae-Hoon Lee of Korea faced Mirhashem Hosseini. Hosseini was the first to register points, taking a 2-0 lead. Lee got himself off the mark with a kick to the body. A punch to the body evened the scores but an immediate response from Hosseini restored his two-point lead. At the start of the second round, a crescent kick to the head gave Hosseini an 8-4 lead which he extended to 10-4 with a front kick with a few seconds of the round remaining. A punch from Lee reduced the deficit to five and he quickly followed up with a kick to the head to shorten Hosseini’s lead further. A gam-joen brought Lee within one point of his opponent with a minute left. Hosseini landed a punch to break Lee’s momentum and followed up with a kick to the body. With ten seconds of the match remaining the score was 13-11 to Hosseini and despite Lee’s best efforts that was how it finished, with Hosseini taking gold.
The Iran Team was led by Fariborz Askari as the head coach and Vahid Abdollahi as the coach.
This tournament was a G4 one and hosted top 30 athletes of each Olympic weight category, based on the World Taekwondo Olympic ranking, plus 1 athlete from the host country.
The gold, silver and bronze medal winners garnished 40, 24, and 14.4 points.