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Iran’s combination of Mohsen Ahmad, Ibrahim Fathi Oregani and Navid Makvandi won the gold medal in men's duilian (dual event) in the World Wushu Championships.
KUALA LUMPUR: Iran and Ukraine showed Malaysia the way as they broke down the East Asian dominance to claim the gold medals for men’s and women’s duilian (dual event) in the World Wushu Championships at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium in Cheras on Tuesday.
Malaysian hopes Tai Cheau Xuen and Diana Bong Siong Lin put up a performance littered with mistakes and the 9.32 points they earned consigned them to eighth spot out of the 11 teams in women’s duilian.
On the other hand, the Ukrainian trio of Kondrat Yeva Tetyana, Anna Derbenyova and Mala Myroslava put up well choreographed moves to wow the judges and nail their first ever gold in the history of the world meet.
Ukraine’s 9.61 points relegated favourites Hong Kong to second place by just a 0.01 point.
It was a similar story in the men’s competition as the Malaysian trio of Ho Mun Hua, Lee Yang and Yeap Wai Kin looked less than impressive en route to finishing with 9.50 points.
Iran’s combination of Mohsen Ahmad, Ibrahim Fathi Oregani and Navid Makvandi earned the loudest cheers with their slick and energetic performance to take their second world title in four years, earning 9.68 points.
Iran were silver medallists in Ankara two years ago behind Hong Kong.
Malaysia enjoyed their best ever performance of 4-5-5 at the world meet to finish second behind powerhouse China.
Only a six-gold surge from their boxers on the last two days helped Iran move past Malaysia for the second overall placing.
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