Iran topped the medal table at the Asian Para Taekwondo Championships ©Getty Images

Iran finished at the top of the medal table at the 2021 Asian Parataekwondo Championships with four gold medals in Beirut in Lebanon.

They also won a silver and two bronze medals as they continued their preparations for the sport's debut in the Paralympic Games at Tokyo 2020. 

Kazakhstan were the closest challengers with three golds, two silvers and a bronze, while Turkey were third with two gold, two silver and four bronze medals.

Saeid Sadeghianpour claimed the men's K42 under-61-kilogram gold medal with a win over Russian Evgenii Alifrenko, who participated in the open competition.

Sanjarbek Muhtorov of Uzbekistan and Ali Sajad Hamraz of Afghanistan claimed bronze medals.

Asghar Aziziaghdam won the men's K44 over-75kg after his Iranian compatriot Hamed Haghshenas withdrew from the final, while Russians Zairuddin Ataev and Bilal Iakhiaev were the bronze medallists.

Para-taekwondo is set to make its Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images
Para-taekwondo is set to make its Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images

Mahdi Pourrahnama won the gold medal in the men's K44 under-75kg over Russia's Magomedzagir Isaldibirov.

Mahtab Nabavi was the Asian winner in the K44 women's under-58kg category too despite a defeat to Brazil's overall winner Fern Cardoso.

Kazakhstan's Askhat Yussupov defeated compatriot Zhumagali Yerzhanov in the men's K42 under-75kg final; and team mate Malik Mukashev claimed men's K43 over-75kg gold with a win over Mehmet Yakut of Turkey.

Despite defeat in the men's K42 under-61kg final to Frenchman Bopha Kong, Kazakhstan's Nyssenbek Aidarbekov claimed the Asian Championships gold medal.

In the men's K44 under-61kg final, Turkey's Mahmut Bozteke defeated Mongolia's Bolor-erdene Ganbat; and Uzbekistan's Guljonoy Naimova won the women's K44 women's over-58kg final against Spain's Dalia Santiago Moreno.