Turkey made a golden start to the Islamic Solidarity Games taekwondo program on Tuesday through finweight Rukiye Yildirim, although they fell short of an early double triumph as Iran's Nahid Kiyanichandeh took -53kg gold.
In the women's under-46 kg final at the Baku Sports Hall, 2011 world championship bronze medallist Yildirim claimed the first taekwondo gold medal for Turkey thanks to a late show against youngster Dhean Fajrin.
Kiyanichandeh edged a tense -53kg final to prevent fellow teenager Zeliha Agris from making it two out of two for Turkey.
Indonesia's Fajrin struck the first blow just a few seconds into taekwondo's maiden final of the Games, but Yildirim hit back to level after a cagey first round.
The two fighters continued to be content with probing efforts, before the 18-year-old Fajrin delivered a kick to the head of her opponent to open up a significant five-point advantage going into the last two minutes.
Former European champion Yildirim had to draw on all of her experience, and she did just that with a rapid four points.
A kick to the hogus put her ahead, but in a dramatic last 20 seconds she was caught napping by Fajrin to fall behind.
The 26-year-old Yildirim, who had edged out Iranian Fatemeh Madahi 6-5 in the semi-finals, produced a flurry of point-scoring efforts though as she spun like a whirligig to collect five points at the death and snatch a thrilling 19-17 win.
Agris edged another nervy first round in the -53kg final, as neither woman could land a head kick.
With 'Under Pressure' playing over the speaker system, both athletes could feel the tension, and Kiyanichandeh, 18, crept ahead after two video reviews.
In a gripping climax, the only point Agris could score was from a penalty as Kiyanichandeh clinched Iran's ninth gold medal of the Games in all with an 8-5 victory.
There will be three more gold medals awarded later on Tuesday, with the first men's finals.
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