Iranians scooped four medals – including one gold – at the 2018 World Karate Championships in Madrid, Spain.
On Saturday, Bahman Asgari – representing Iran in the men’s kumite -75kg competitions – outclassed Luigi Busa of Italy 1-0 in the final and snatched the country’s first gold.
The Japanese Ken Nishimura and Rafael Aghayev of Azerbaijan jointly finished third.
En route to final, Asgari had beaten practitioners from Sweden, China, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Japan and Russia.
Also in the men’s kumite contests, Sajjad Ganjzadeh – a three-time world gold medalist – suffered a 5-2 defeat in the +84kg final against six-time European champion Jonathan Horne of Germany and settled for the silver medal.
The joint-bronze medals went to Spaniard Babacar Seck and Alpaslan Yamanoglu of Turkey.
Ganjzadeh had overcome opponents from Kyrgyzstan, Belgium, the US and Turkey before an 8-1 semifinal victory over Russia’s Alexander Pshenitsyn.
Iranian debutant Sara Bahmanyar gave Iran something to cheer about in the women’s division as the 19-year-old defeated Tatiana Rybalchenko of Russia 5-0 to claim a -50kg kumite bronze.
Earlier in the day, Zabiollah Poursheib had opened the account for Iran with a bronze in the men’s kumite -84kg bouts.
The 32-year-old Iranian – seeking his fifth world championships’ medal – outpowered Daniyar Yuldashev of Kazakhstan 3-0 for a third-spot finish along with the Turkish Ugur Aktas.
In the semifinals, Poursheib had been narrowly beaten by Ukraine’s Valerii Chobotar 5-6.
The Ukrainian’s quest for the gold came to an end in the final as he was outmuscled by Croatia’s Ivan Kvesic.
Having started in November 6, the 24th edition of the competitions finishes on Sunday at the Spanish capital.