Juliana Al-Sadeq became Jordan’s third Taekwondo fighter to book a place for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games after finishing the year inside the world’s top five for the -67kg category. Her brilliant year has confirmed her second consecutive Olympic Games after her debut in Tokyo three years ago, and it came following her bronze medal at the fourth and final round of the Grand Prix Taekwondo Championship in Manchester. She joins Zaid Mustafa and Saleh Al-Sharabati on the plane, who also directly qualified in their weight categories the previous day. Al-Sadeq’s bronze medal came after defeating the Serbian fighter, Alexandra Persik, in two rounds without any response in the match for the third-place playoff. She began her journey earlier in the day with a victory in the round of 16 against the Canada’s Ashley Kraayfield, and then beating Spain’s Celia Burgos in the quarter-finals. But her defeat to Belgium’s Sarah Garee saw her slip into the bronze medal play-off where she was successful. Fares Al-Assaf, Technical Director of Jordan Taekwondo, praised his fighters for their dedication in achieving qualification.
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