Iranian wushu practitioners stand out in World Championships

Iranian male and female wushu practitioners have displayed extraordinary physical and mental skills during the 14th edition of World Wushu Championships, and scooped seven more medals, including six gold ones, at the prestigious tournament.

On Tuesday evening, Elaheh Mansourian won the gold medal after beating Luan Thi Hoang of Vietnam in the final contest of women’s minus 52-kilogram category at the Gymnastics Palace of Universiade Village in the western Russian city of Kazan.

The Iranian wushu champion had earlier triumphed over representatives from Indonesia and South Korea in her march to the gold medal bout.

The Iranian men’s duelin Taolu team

Moreover, the Iranian men’s duelin Taolu team recorded convincing victories, and picked up the gold medal with a total score of 9.61 points. It was followed by the South Korean squad with 9.48 points. Ukraine garnered 9.47 points and claimed the third spot.

Additionally, Haniyeh Rajabi tallied 9.45 points to grab the bronze medal in the Shuang Jian (double straight sword) form of Taolu competitions.

Iranian wushu practitioner Haniyeh Rajabi

A female contestant from Hong Kong notched up 9.62 points to collect the gold. A representative from Ukraine got the silver medal with 9.47 points.

Also on Tuesday, Shahrbanou Mansourian took the honors after beating her Egyptian opponent in the final contest of women’s minus 65-kilogram category of the Sanda (sparring) discipline.

Iranian wushu practitioner Shahrbanou Mansourian

Mansourian had earlier overcome a representative from India to march into the title showpiece.

In the women’s minus 70-kilogram category, Maryam Hashemi prevailed over her Philippine rival and got the gold medal.

Iranian wushu practitioner Maryam Hashemi

Hashemi then announced that she had brought down the curtains on her professional wushu career.

Iranian wushu practitioner Mohsen Mohammadseifi

Later in the tournament, Mohsen Mohammadseifi collected the gold medal in the men’s minus 70-kilogram section after he defeated his Egyptian opponent.

Iranian wushu practitioner Yousef Sabri

Yousef Sabri overpowered a contestant from Macau in the men's minus 75-kilogram class of the Sanda section, and was awarded the gold medal.

Sanda, sometimes called Sanshou or Lei tai, has all the combat aspects of wushu, but includes many more grappling techniques.

The 14th edition of World Wushu Championships kicked off on September 27, and will conclude on October 3, 2017.

Source: IRNA 

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