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Ryerson's Assadian wins two medals at Pan Am Games

By Andrea Elliott

LIMA, Peru - Ryerson University student AJ Assadian (Toronto) made history this weekend with a double podium finish at the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima.

Assadian is the first Canadian ever to reach the Pan Am Games podium in taekwondo's poomsae discipline after winning the bronze medal in individual competition on Saturday morning. Poomsae, the artistic form of taekwondo where athletes perform a defined pattern of defence and attack motions, is making its debut at the Pan Am Games this year.

"This is a big honour for me," said Assadian in a press release. "I've dreamt about this day for a long time and I'm so happy I was able to get on the podium today."

The success didn't end there for the Urban and Regional Planning student entering his third year at Ryerson. On Sunday, Assadian was part of the five-member Canadian team that won the silver medal in the Mixed Team Poomsae Freestyle event.

"I'm really excited to be bringing two medals back to Canada," said Assadian after Sunday's finish. "I think our performance here shows anything is possible. We did all the little things right - rest, preparation, and followed our plan - to perform at our best. We expressed Canada today. We were fierce and intense, and we are very proud we achieved this goal."

In total, Canada won three medals in four poomsae events at the Pan Am Games.

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