Abidjan 2017 World Team Championships: China reigns in Females's and Mixed as Iran does in Men's
2017 World Taekwondo Team Championships
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
5-6 December 2017
In a final day of lighting substitutions, spectacular offensive play and some very, veryclose matches at Abidjan’s Palais de Sports de Treichville, Irangrabbed one and China seized two of the three gold medals offered in taekwondo’s“Battle of the Nations” – the 2017 World Taekwondo Team Championships.
In the male category, gold was won by Iran and silver by an unlucky Russia, while bronzes went to Cote d’Ivoire – a highly entertaining team – and Korea. In the female category, defending champions China retained their title for the third consecutive year;silver went to a game Korea for the second consecutive yea; and bronzes were won by Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco. In the nascent mixed-gender category, China won gold, while Russia – unlucky again – took silver, and bronzes went to Korea and Mexico.
Iran’s Mahdi “The Terminator” Khodabakhshi – marking a triumphant return to premier-league taekwondo after a long, post-Rio layoff – was named Male MVP. Female MVP was China’s Pan Gao – a lynchpin on the Chinese female and mixed teams. Best Male Coach was Iran’s SeyedNemat Khalifeh. Best Female Coach was China’s Jianmin Guan. Daniel Robert Khorassanbdjian of Lebanon, AmelyMoras of USA and Jeng Yen Lee of Malaysia were named Best Referees of the tournament.
Day 2 – Results
Day 1 – Results
Day 1 – Standings