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Ivorian Ruth Gbagbi bags gold at World Taekwondo championship

Ivory Coast

<p>Ivory Coast won gold at the World Taekwondo Championships underway in South Korea, thanks to the heroics of Ruth Gbagbi. </p> <p>The 23-year-old Olympic medalist defeated Tranian Kimia Alizadeh in the women’s lighweight final to pick gold.</p> <p>The country’s speaker of parliament, Guillaume Soro, joined those congratulating her on her feat. She won bronze for Ivory Coast in the Rio Olympics and was awarded 30 million <span class="caps">CFA</span> ($51,000) and a house by the government.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="tl" dir="ltr">Merci Ruth Gbagbi Bravo <a href="https://t.co/tR07pgqsZV">pic.twitter.com/tR07pgqsZV</a></p>— Guillaume K. Soro (@SOROKGUILLAUME) <a href="https://twitter.com/SOROKGUILLAUME/status/880773840267292672">June 30, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Her male compatriot who won gold in Rio however failed to replicate the heroics of months back, Cheick Sallah Cisse was eliminated in the round-of-32 category of the welterweight contest.</p> <p>In other good news for the continent, Nigerien Abdoul Razak Issoufou picked gold whiles Gabonese Anthony Obame also won bronze in their contests.</p> <p>The Ivorians left Abidjan on Sunday 18 June for the Republic of Korea. About 19 athletes have been participating in the tournament to defend the Ivorian flag. </p> <p>This is the 23rd edition of the <span class="caps">WTF</span>’s signature tournament and seventh to take place in South Korea. It’s the largest world championships ever, with 971 athletes from 183 nations.</p>
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