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Iran’s Bagheri retires to become India’s coach

Iran’s Bagheri retires to become India’s coach

Mohammad Bagheri Motamed, one of the most prominent Iranian Taekwondo athletes in the last decade, has decided to put an end to his professional career in our sport at the age of 33 to become part of the coaching staff of the Indian Taekwono Federation.

Bagheri is mainly remembered as the Men’s -68 kg silver medallist at London 2012 Olympic Games, where he grabbed his medal after losing to Servet Tazegul (TUR) by a close 6-5 in the big final. He had previously defeated Boui (CAF), Nikpai (AFG) and Silva (BRA) to advance to the title contest.

The new coach of the Indian team did also take the gold medal at Copnehaguen 2009 World Taekwondo Championships, having to content himself with the silver two years after at Gyeongju 2011.

Men’s -68 kg podium at London 2012 Olympics with Nikpai (AFG), Bagheri (IRI), Jennings (USA) and Tazegul (TUR)

Bagheri did also perform at the highest level in other remarkable Taekwondo competitions trhoughout his career, bagging a gold medal at Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games and winning twice the title at the Asian Championships in Luoyang (2008) and Astana (2010).

At the beginning of his journey in professional Taekwondo, the Iranian star also collected a gold and a silver in the Universiades of Bangkok and Izmir.

Bagheri waving the Iranian flag at the 16th Asian Games

Since 2015, Baheri didn’t attend the main competitions on the World Taekwondo calendar, but Iranian fans still remember him as on of the stars of our sport in the Asian country. His last success in Taekwondo is the silver medal won at Fujairah 2015 Open, where he beat Balla Dieye from Germany in the semifinal by 6-3, but then lost in the gold medal match against his compatriot Asbaghikhanghah by 10-7.

WTM and Duncan Mackay (InsidetheGames)

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