(Persia Digest) - Iranian karate practitioners gained two gold, two silver and two bronze medals at the first event of Karate 1 -Series A in 2019 which was held in Austria.
Mehr News reports that in the final bout of male Kumite -84kg, Mahdi Khodabakhshi surprised the European Champion Ugur Aktas of Turkey with a 5-2 win. Zabihollah Poorshab of Iran and Azerbaijan’s Aykhan Mamayev bagged bronze medals in this category.
The second gold medal of Iran was earned by Taravat Khaksar in female Kumite -55kg. She edged Chile’s Valentina Toro 1-0 in the final but before that, she managed to beat Anzhelika Terliuga, top-ranked Ukrainian athlete, 2-0 in the semifinal. Bulgaria’s Ivet Goranova and Terliuga collected the category’s bronze medals.
In male kumite +84kg, Iran’s Saleh Abazari settled for silver after suffering a narrow 4-4 defeat to Azerbaijan’s Asiman Gurbanli in the final match.
Also, Sara Bahmanyar received the silver medal of female Kumite -50kg with conceding a 2-0 defeat against Japan’s Ayaka Tadano in the final.
And in male Kumite -75kg, Iran’s Bahman Asgari managed to win a bronze medal by edging Stanislav Horuna of Ukraine 3-2 in the bronze contest.
2019 Karate 1 -Series A in Salzburg was held from March 1 to 3 with the participation of 2057 karatekas from some 100 different countries. The next event of Karate 1-Series A will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from May 17 to 19.
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