It's interesting that Taghavi, the 2009 and 2011 World Champ, isn't ranked in the top 15 by FILA. Metcalf is actually favored at #7. http://www.fila-official.com/index.php? ... 13&lang=en
Also, it is ridiculous that they don't seed the brackets. I've heard several explanations, but they don't add up. Would any other sport put their top three athletes in the top quarter of the world championship bracket? (KURBANALIEV, SAFARYAN, & GOR) And then adhere to an archaic repechage system that guarantees that one of them cannot medal? Imagine if they did that at Wimbledon or the World Cup. The world would be outraged!
Metcalf has to beat the 2X #1 then the best of the top 3 to get to the semis. It should be all downhill from there.