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Taekwondo gold medallist wins best player title

Abu Ghaush’s coach also honoured at Azerbaijan-hosted ceremony

By JT - Dec 11,2016 - Last updated at Dec 11,2016

Olympic gold medallist Ahmad Abu Ghaush (left) holds the prize of world’s best taekwondo player and poses for a photo with his coach Fares Assaf (centre) and an unidentified person in Azerbaijan on Sunday (Photo courtesy of the Jordan Olympic Committee)

AMMAN — Olympic taekwondo gold medallist Ahmad Abu Ghaush on Sunday won the world’s best player prize, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. 

In a ceremony held in Azerbaijan to choose the world’s best player, coach and male and female referee, Abu Ghaush was chosen among four international competitors.

Abu Ghaush won gold in the taekwondo -68kg event at the Rio Olympics 2016, which is also Jordan’s first ever Olympic medal.

The champion, a 20-year-old business management student at the University of Jordan, previously won gold medals at the Taekwondo World Championship 2012 in Egypt, Asia’s Championship 2012 in Vietnam and at the Olympic Qualifier in the Philippines.

At the same ceremony, Abu Ghaush’s coach Fares Assaf won the second best coach in the world for his role in the Rio Olympics and assisting Abu Ghaush to win gold.

In a phone call with Petra, Assaf stressed that Abu Ghaush received the prize by consensus among judges on his technical potentials. 

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