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Iran wins England karate title

Tehran, Feb 25, IRNA - All-star karate (wado ryu) team of Iran grabbed the top title of the 5th England international event on Sunday night.

Representing Iran, Payam Club bagged five gold, three silver, and three bronze medals, lifting the British trophy.

`England A' finished runner-up and the third title went to Belgium and `England B' jointly.

In -60 kg category, Youssef Ataei of Iran stole the show as he snatched the glittering gold.

Farhad Mohammad Alikhani brought the coveted gold of -65 kg class for Iran and his teammates Seyed Mojtaba Mousavi, Mahdi Moradi, and Ataollah Ahmadi added three other golds to the country's asset by standing first in -75 kg, +80 kg, and open competitions.

Iran's three silvers came by Dariush Sayyadi in 65 kg, Ataollah Ahmadi in -70 kg, and Meysam Nekoueian in -75 kg clashes.

Hossein Izadi, an Iranian karateka, won -80 kg bronze.

Mohammad Behboudi of Iran took two bronze medals in the above-35 individual kata and kumite contests.

The organizing committee announced behboudi `Coach of the Tournament'.

Twenty-five teams competed in the British event held in Nottingham karate hall.

... Payvand News - 2/25/03 ... --

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