0734 GMT October 06, 2022
A rather quiet day for Iran at the Islamic Solidarity Games saw the country’s fencers bag three medals – including a historic one for Azam Bakhti – in Konya, Turkey.
Bakhti claimed a first-ever women’s fencing medal for Iran in the history of the Games, sharing the third podium of epee contests with Kamilia Abdyl-Khamitova of Kyrgyzstan.
The Iranian won three in the preliminary round and then overcame opponents from Kazakhstan and Turkey to reach the semifinals, only to suffer a 13-11 defeat against home favorite Aleyna Erturk and settle for the bronze.
Erturk beat Uzbekistan’s Shahzoda Egamberdieva 15-8 in the final.
Ali Pakdaman added a silver to Iran’s medal haul in Konya, finishing second to Turkey’s Enver Yıldırım in the men’s individual saber competititons.
An all-Iranian semifinal saw Pakdaman square off against Mohammad Rahbari, with the former coming out victorious with a 15-11 scoreline, as Rahbari – a two-time team silver winner at the Asian Games – finished his campaign with a consolation bronze.
Pakdaman was then narrowly beaten 15-14 by Yıldırım in the final.
Meanwhile, Iranian men’s foil team left the event empty-handed after conceding a 45-34 loss to Qatar in the third-place bout.