Iranian women win 3 gold medals in Wushu World Championship

The 2013 Wushu World Championship was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Iran was second in the medal count, winning a total of ten medals: seven gold and three bronze.

The Iranian gold medal winners in women’s sanda (sparring) are:
– Elaheh Mansourian (women’s sanda 52kg)
– Maryam Hashemi (women’s sand 65kg)
– Shahrbanu Mansourian (women’s sanda 75kg)

Hanieh Rajabi won a bronze medal in women’s taolu (changquan, compulsory routine).

The Iranian men won a total of four gold and two bronze medals. In men’s sanda:
– Mohsen Mohammad Seifi: gold medal (65kg category)
– Amir Fazli: gold medal (80kg category)
– Hamid Reza Gholipour: gold medal (85kg category)

Men’s taoulu medal winners:
– Mohsen Ahmadi, Ebrahim Fathi, Navid Makvandi: gold in diulian (group routine)
– Farshad Arabi: bronze in nanquan and bronze in nandao.

The World Wushu Championships (WWC) are held every two years and are organised by the International Wushu Federation (IWUF).

Wushu is both an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. It was developed in China after 1949, in an effort to standardize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts. The term wushu is Chinese for “martial arts” (“Wu” = military or martial, “Shu” = art). In contemporary times, wushu has become an international sport through the International Wushu Federation (IWUF), which holds the World Wushu Championships every two years; the first World Championships were held in 1991 in Beijing and won by Yuan Wen Qing. Competitive wushu is composed of two disciplines: taolu (forms) and sanda (sparring).

Sources: Payvand News of Iran, Wikipedia | 2013 World Wushu Championships, Wikipedia | Wushu

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