Tashkent (IP) – Iranian karatekas have collected one gold, two silvers, and four bronze medals on the first day of the 18th Asian karate Championship in Uzbekistan.

Iran PressAsia: Iranian girls' junior kata team snatched the first gold medal for Iran on Friday, December 16th, in Uzbekistan's Tashkent.

Comprising of Yekta Davari, Tina Fattahi, and Melika Soltani, the team collected 22.9 points to go to the final match, where they overpowered Indonesia by grabbing 23.74 points and bagged the gold medal.

Sajedeh Jahanshahi also collected 38.02 points to finish second in her group in the single kata of the girls' junior category before she defeated a karateka from the host country to win the bronze medal.

Zahra Reza-Zadeh, in -54kg weight class, beat another Kazakh fighter 8-0, lost the match versus the representative from Singapore, and then overpowered won't Tang from Taiwan to clinch the bronze medal.

Mahla Sedaqat, in the 54kg weight class, defeated karatekas from Thailand and Saudi Arabia but lost the semifinal 1-0 to a Japanese rival and won a bronze medal after beating a UAE karateka 2-0.

At 57kg of juniors level, Mohammad-Amin Eslami his first match overpowered a karateka from Turkmenistan and then beat his Kuwait opponent 4-1. He defeated Saudi Arabia's representative 1-0 in his third match before he was beaten in the final match by a Kazakh fighter 5-3 to snatch the silver medal.

In the 70kg weight class, Mohammad-Hassan Farahani overpowered a Thai karateka 1-0 in his first match; he then defeated his rival from Hong Kong 6-5 before losing to a Saudi Arabian fighter 2-0. In the repechage round, Farahani was defeated by Uzbekistan's Futdino and received the bronze medal.

Sorena Behzad began his fights by beating an opponent from Taiwan 2-1 and then a Kazakh rival 6-0 to go to the final match, where he lost to a karateka from the host country and received the silver medal.


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