For the second time in a row: Assaf Yassour is the Paralympic Taekwondo World Champion

For the second time in a row: Assaf Yassour is the Paralympic Taekwondo World Champion

2023-09-23 09:55:18

Last update: 23.09.2023

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This morning (Saturday), Assaf Yassour won the Paralympic Taekwondo World Championship (58 kg) for the second time in a row, after a tremendous day of fighting in Verquez, Mexico.

Yassur came to the tournament as the reigning world champion from 2021. Yasur opened the day with a victory in the round of 16 6:36 over an opponent from Peru, then won the quarterfinals 10:27 against an opponent from Mongolia. In the semi-final he won 8:11 against an opponent from Morocco and in the final of the world championship he won 8:13 over Xiang Wen Xiao from Taiwan.

Following his win at the World Championship, Yassur finally secured the ticket to the Paralympic Games in Paris 2024, and makes history by winning the prestigious world gold twice in a row.

At the end of the year, six tickets for each weight will be distributed according to the world ranking, but in light of Assaf’s score and the number of points possible to obtain, there is no technical possibility for him not to be among the top six, which already gives him the ticket.

This will be the first appearance of Yasser, of coach Yachiam Sharabi and of Israel in the Taekwondo branch at the Paralympic Games.

Getting the ticket could be the second time a coach has appeared at the same Olympics in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the previous being shooting coach Guy Strick who did it in Beijing 2008 and 2012.

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