Iran wushu artists win 4 more golds in Asia cup

Iranian wushu artists have managed to clinch four gold medals to raise the country’s total medal count at the 12th World Wushu Championships in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

On Tuesday, Iranian sportsman Mohsen Mohammad Seifi exhibited impressive performance in his march to final competition at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, and overcame his Uzbek and Afghan opponents in the men’s 65-kg category of the Sanda section.

He defeated a representative from Vietnam in the last contest, and collected the gold medal.

Amir Fazli overpowered his Russian rival in the men’s 80-kg class of the Sanda section, and was awarded the gold medal.

He had routed wushu practitioners from Romania, Uzbekistan and Egypt to reach the final.

In the men’s 85-kg category of the Sanda section, Hamid Reza Qolipour beat his Russian opponent and won the gold medal.

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

Meanwhile, the Iranian duelin Taolu team recorded convincing victories on Tuesday, and received the gold medal with a total score of 9.98 points. It was followed by Philippine, South Korean and Vietnamese squads.

Taolu involves martial art patterns and maneuvers. The forms comprise basic movements (stances, kicks, punches, balances, jumps, sweeps and throws) and can be changed for competitions to highlight one’s strengths.

On Monday, Iranian women wushu practitioners showed an excellent performance at the world championships, and captured three gold medals.

The 12th World Wushu Championships started at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium on October 28, and will wrap up on November 6. The athletes are competing in Sanda and Taolu sections.

By Press TV


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