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Iran grabs one more gold, two other bronzes to finish Asian karate campaign
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Iran finished its campaign in the karate competitions of the 2018 Asian Games, underway in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, yesterday, by collecting one more gold and two other bronzes.

On Monday, the last day of the Games’ karate contests, Iran’s Bahman Asgari defeated a karateka from Saudi Arabia 5-0 to grab gold in the men’s -75kg weight category, varzesh3.com wrote.

Before reaching the final, he had outpointed rivals from Afghanistan, Mongolia, Thailand and Chinese Taipei.

He won the title without conceding any point.

Earlier in the day, Asgari’s compatriot Pegah Zanganeh bagged bronze in the women’s -68kg class.

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After receiving a bye in the first round, she failed to defeat Kazakhstan’s Guzaliya Gafurova in her second match to leave her fate in the hands of the Kazakh karateka. Gafurova’s advancement to the final, however, kept alive Zanganeh’s hope of winning a bronze medal.

She, then, outscored a karateka from Uzbekistan to reach the third-place match where she breezed past Vietnam’s Thi Ngoan Nguyen 10-0 and grabbed bronze.

In the third place match of the men’s -84kg weight category, Iran’s last representative Zabihollah Poursheib came back from two points behind to notch up a 3-2 victory against his rival from Jordan and settle for a bronze.

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En route to the final, he had defeated karatekas from Tajikistan and Nepal. In the semifinals, however, Poursheib lost the match to a Kuwaiti rival. 

On Sunday, the second day of the Games’ karate contests, Iran’s Taravat Khaksar failed to pull off victory against a rival from Taiwan in the final showdown of the women’s -55kg weight class to clinch silver.

She had earlier outmuscled opponents from Afghanistan, Indonesia and China.

Karatekas from Indonesia and Macau claimed the third spot in this weight category.

On the same day, Iran’s Amir Mehdizadeh was defeated by his Indonesian rival 7-9 in the men’s -60kg weight class to earn another silver for Iran.

En route to the final, he had outpowered opponents from the Philippines, Vietnam and Uzbekistan.

The representatives of Uzbekistan and Malaysia finished jointly in the third place of the weight class.

In the women’s -61kg weight division, Iran’s Rozita Alipour won the third silver of the day for the Iranian squad after losing in the final to a powerful Chinese rival.

Alipour reached the final by defeating karatekas from South Korea, Thailand and Uzbekistan.

On Saturday, Iran’s Sajjad Ganjzadeh won a gold medal after outpointing Vietnam’s Nguyen Minh Phung 5-2 in the men’s +84kg gold battle.

Before reaching the final showdown, the world gold medalist first powered past an opponent from Saudi Arabia (4-1) and then, in the semifinals, a Kyrgyz rival (2-1).

The Saudi Arabian and Kyrgyz karatekas jointly claimed the third place of the weight category.

In the previous edition of the Asian Games in South Korea, Ganjzadeh had failed to clinch a medal.

Earlier on the same day, Ganjzadeh’s compatriot Hamideh Abbas-Ali settled for a bronze medal after defeating a rival from Vietnam 3-0 in the third-place match of the women’s +68kg category.

Prior to the final match, the Iranian karateka had outscored an opponent from Uzbekistan. She, however, failed to pull off a victory in her bout against a Japanese rival in the semifinals and conceded a 1-2 defeat.

She had clinched gold in the previous edition of the Asian Games.

Iran’s squad in these competitions comprises eight karatekas of whom half were men. All members of the Iranian team managed to win medals in this tourney.

Iran’s men squad consists of Mehdizadeh, Asgari, Poursheib and Ganjzadeh. The country’s women team comprises Khaksar, Alipour, Abbas-Ali and Zanganeh.

The 2018 Asian Games, officially known as the 18th Asian Games, is a pan-Asian multi-sport event which opened on August 18 and will continue until September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

The athletes compete in 465 events across 40 sports and 67 disciplines in these competitions, also known as Jakarta Palembang 2018.

 

 

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