Turkey’s Nur Tatar Askari won the gold medal at the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships.
Askari claimed a 6-4 win over American Paige McPherson in the 67kg final. With this result, Askari won her first world title. She also won 120 points, which will help her qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Turkey’s first gold puts the country second in the medals table alongside Serbia and Russia, but South Korea are out in front with three golds.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan congratulated Askari.
Also, another Turkish athlete Zeliha Ağrıs advanced to the semi-finals after beating Egyptian rival Radwa Abdelkader, securing a medal. Elsewhere, Olympic silver medalist Lutalo Muhammad will also be in action today for the first time since his agonizing defeat in the 80kg final at Rio 2016. The 26-year-old Briton is hoping to claim his first medal at a World Championships.
In the women’s under-53 kg, Turkey have a chance of a second gold when Zeliha Agris meets Dinorahon Mamadibragimova of Uzbekistan. Inese Tarvisa of Latvia takes on Russia’s Tatiana Kudashova.