News ID: 130779
Published: 0658 GMT November 13, 2015

Iran bags five world karate medals

Iran bags five world karate medals

Iranian karatekas grabbed five medals on the first two days of the ninth World Karate Championship WKF Junior, Cadet, & U21 in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday.

In cadet kumite, Iran's Fatemeh Sadeqi defeated her Hungarian rival 5-0 as well as the athlete from Slovakia 4-0.

The Iranian representative downed the Austrian participant 4-1 and defeated the Italian semifinalist 4-1 but lost 5-0 to Japan’s Ugai Mizuki in the final.

In the boys' category, Seyyed Ali Karimi from Iran failed to down the Saudi karateka and received the bronze medal. He had previously trounced Bosnian, Russian and German athletes while he was defeated by the Egyptian karateka in the semifinal.

Sara Bahmanyar, the other Iranian female representative, managed to pocket a bronze medal after defeating her Slovakian rival.

Iran’s Ali Meskini in the -55kg weight category outpointed four rivals before conceding a defeat to the Mexican karateka and won the bronze.

In -61kg class, the Iranian boy Amir Reza Mirzaei subdued the Italian and Danish fighters to face the French karateka who won 8-0, leaving Iran with another bronze.

Iran has so far bagged a silver and four bronzes.

The championship, which will last until November 15, is hosting 1,441 athletes from 91 countries.

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