World champion Yaman grabs gold in Baku

18 May 2017

Reigning world lightweight champion Irem Yaman claimed gold for Turkey on the final night of taekwondo action at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku on Thursday.

The 21-year-old edged out Uzbekistan's Umida Abdullaeva 3-1 to claim women's -62kg gold, before Mahdi Yousefi won the men's -63kg title for Iran by thrashing Alimzhan Serikbayev 27-7.

The 19-year-old Abdullaeva held her own admirably in the opening stages against Yaman, who had dominated Jordan's Shahd Tarman 15-1 in the semi-finals, as neither fighter could score in the first round.

The Turk forged ahead in the cagey encounter with a head kick, but failed to extend her advantage before the final two-minute stint.

Although Abdullaeva stayed in the contest, 2016 European championship gold medallist Yaman did enough to close out the win.

Two strikes to the head put Yousefi in total control of his title clash against Kazakhstan's Serikbayev early on.

Serikbayev, 22, hit back to draw to within three points, only for his opponent to pull away in the third round and storm to victory with a flurry of point-scoring activity.

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