News ID: 253968
Published: 0955 GMT June 09, 2019

ranians collect eight Karate 1 PL medals, top men’s kumite standings

ranians collect eight Karate 1 PL medals, top men’s kumite standings
Sajjad Ganjzadeh (R)

Sports Desk

Iranians bagged eight medals at the fourth round of Karate 1 Premier League in Shanghai, China.

On Saturday, in an all-Iranian final, Sajjad Ganjzadeh overcame Saleh Abazari to collect the men’s +84kg gold.

Mehdi Filani of France and Georgian Gogita Arkania shared the third place of the weight division.

Seyyed Ali Karimi – representing Iran in the men’s -67kg contests – stood second in his weight class after he suffered a defeat against Andres Madera Delgado of Venezuela in the final.

Bahman Asgari also finished his campaign with a silver as he was beaten by Dastonbek Otabolaev of Uzbekistan in the men’s -75kg final.

Additionally, Majid Hassannia (-60kg) and Mehdi Khodabakhshi (-84kg) added a couple of bronze medals to Iran’s tally in the men’s kumite contests, having beaten Brazilian Douglas Brose and Zabiollah Poursheib of Iran, respectively, in the third-place bouts of their weight categories.

In the women’s kumite competitions, Taravat Khaksar (-55kg) and Hamideh Abbas-Ali – two gold medalists at the Karate 1 Series A in Istanbul in mid-May – had to settle for two bronze medals this time around.

Khaksar beat Italian Lorena Busa 3-0 in her last fight while Abbas-Ali overcame Clio Ferracuti, also from Italy, 3-2 in their bronze-medal bout.

A total of six medals gave Iran a top-spot finish in the men’s kumite table while the country stood fifth in the overall standings, following Japan, Kazakhstan, Turkey and China.

The fifth round of the competitions will be held in Tokyo, Japan, on September 6-8.


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