Mexico’s Leslie Soltero wins home gold at world taekwondo championships


The 2022 World Taekwondo Championships continued in Guadalajara, Mexico, with the Canadian contingent missing out on the podium for a second straight day.

On Tuesday, Mexico’s Leslie Soltero won gold on home soil after beating Serbia’s Aleksandra Perisic in the women’s 67 kilogram final. Cecilia Castro Burgos of Spain and Milena Titoneli of Brazil, ousted in the semi-finals, won bronze.

In the women’s 62kg final, Chaari of Belgium became world champion against Theopoula Sarvanaki of Greece. Aaliyah Powell of Great Britain and Feruza Sadikova of Uzbekistan took bronze.

Serbian Mahdi Khodabakhshi won his second world championship title in the men’s 87kg final, having won for Iran in 2015. China’s Mingkuan Meng won silver while Nikita Rafalovich of Uzbekistan and Bryan Salazar of Mexico won bronze.

WATCH | Taekwondo World Championships: Men’s 87 kg, Women’s 67 kg, Women’s 62 kg:

Taekwondo World Championships: 87 kg men / 67 and 62 kg women

Watch the semi-finals and finals of the men’s 87kg, 67kg and women’s 62kg divisions at the World Taekwondo Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Canadians Ashley Kraayeveld, Melissa Pagnotta and Jordan Stewart failed to qualify for the men’s and women’s medal rounds respectively.

The competition, which runs until Nov. 20, continues on Wednesday with semi-finals and finals in the men’s 68kg and women’s 49kg.

All semi-finals and finals will air at 7 p.m. ET on CBC.ca, the free CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.

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