News ID: 256072
Published: 0257 GMT July 20, 2019

Iranians steal the show at Asian karate meet

Iranians steal the show at Asian karate meet

Sports Desk

Iranian karatekas took the competitions by storm on the second day of the 2019 AKF Senior Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, collecting nine medals – including three kumite golds.

On Saturday, Taravat Khaksar outpowered the host’s Sevinch Rakhimova 6-0 in the women’s -55kg final for Iran’s first gold in the championship.

Zabihollah Poursheib took the country’s gold count to two after he defeated Jordan’s Mahmoud Sajan 1-0 in the final of the men’s -84kg weight class.

Hamideh Abbasali – representing Iran in the women’s +68kg category – wrapped up the night for the country in style with a 4-2 final triumph over Sofya Berultseva of Kazakhstan.

Meanwhile, Rozita Alipour came short of one last push for the women’s -61kg gold and was beaten by China’s Xiaoyan Yin in the final.

In the women’s team kata, Iran – comprising Elnaz Taqipour, Shadi Ja’farizadeh and Najmeh Qazizadeh – also had to settle for a silver medal after Ja’farizadeh suffered a last-minute injury before the final contest.

Sadeqi claimed her second medal of the night with a third-spot finish in the women’s individual kata.

Additionally, Bahman Asgari (-75kg) and Sajjad Ganjzadeh (+84kg) added two men’s kumite bronzes to Iran’s account while in the men’s team kata, the three-man team of Abolfazl Shahrjerdi, Milad Farazmehr and Ali Zand also stood third.

A total of 340 contestants represent 33 countries in the 16th edition of the Asian Championship.



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