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Iran celebrates Austrian taekwondo title

Iran won the crown of an international taekwondo tournament in Austria ended in the Austrian city Lizen on Sunday, IRNA reported from Vienna.

Swooping 12 gold, two silver, and one bronze medals in men's and women's classes, Iran deserved the championship. The Dutch team finished runner-up with four golds and Hungary stood third as it won three gold medals.

On Saturday, Iran won six gold and one bronze medals in the Austrian event.

In men's competitions, the senior taekwondo players of Iran bagged two golds and one bronze.

In the third weight, Mehdi Bibak snatched the glittering gold medal and his teammate Majid Aflaki added another gold as he stood top in the fourth weight.

Mehdi Youssefi finished third in the second weight, bringing a bronze for Iran.

In the youth class, Sajjad Khosh-Sirat, Davoud Abdolrezaei, Mehdi Narouei and Mohammad Mehraban grabbed four golds in the first four weights respectively.

Iran added five glittering gold medals to its asset on Sunday -- the second day of the international event.

In men's class, the martial art players of the country grabbed five golds and three silvers in the tournament in the Austrian city Lizen, Graz Province.

The senior players, Alireza Nasr, Vahid Abdollahi, and Hadi Afshar stood top in the second, third, and fourth weights respectively and Mohammad-Reza Babadi, Kourosh Rajeli, and Majid Eskandari snatched the silver medals of first, third, and fourth weight categories respectively.

In the youth class, Meysam Rafiei won the second-weight gold and Mohammad Mo'tamed took the coveted gold in the third weight.

In the women's competitions all players of Iran stood on podiums.

The four-member women's team of the country competed with 16 participating teams from different states in Lizen.

On June 1, Afsaneh Sheikhi took a silver medal in the fourth weight.

The three Iranian representatives had bagged three medals on the first day.

In the first weight, Nazila Nazemi snatched the coveted gold and her teammates Reyhaneh Zeinolabedini and Mahrouz Saei took a silver and a bronze in the fourth and fifth weights respectively.

Seventeen teams comprising 420 players participated in the meet.

The three teams of Iran consisted of 36 taekwondo players.

Iranian karatekas win four medals in Italy

Four karatekas of all-star San'at Naft team representing Iran in an international event in Italy snatched four medals in individual kata on Sunday, IRNA reported from Milan, Italy.

The Ahvaz-based player Amin Farazi grabbed the coveted gold and his teammates Majid Ashja'ei, Ebad Feizi, and Ershad Fadaei took the silver and two bronze medals respectively.

On the first day of the Asia-Europe International Karate Tournament, the Ahvazi players took two golds in team kata and kumite categories.

Italy (three teams), Bulgaria, Hungary, the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, the Philippines, Romania, Croatia, Denmark, Slovenia, and Iran have participated in the Italian meet.

The tourney ends on Monday, June 2.

Iran's Azari team finishes fifth in Turkish taekwondo tourney

Taekwondo team of Iran's East Azarbaijan province on Sunday finished fifth in an international event, Ismat Yiraz Cup, in Turkey, IRNA reported from Ankara.

Iran won four bronze medals, standing after Spain, Turkey, Morocco, and Belarus that ranked first to fourth respectively.

Experiencing its first overseas event, the provincial women's team stood 12th.

According to Roqieh Moqaddampour, public relations manager of East Azarbaijan Women's Sports Office, the three-day taekwondo tournament started in Ankara on May 30.

The women's team of Iran comprised Khadijeh Naqian, Hanieh, Moradpour, Raheleh Mousavian, and Raheleh Aqazadeh.

Leila Javidan headed the team and Niloufar Bahari was the coach.

Noureddin Faeqi, Akbar Qahremani, Farhad Narimani, Nasser Aziz Qara-Maleki, Babak Naderi, Majid Alilou, Mehdi Ma'soumi, and Mehdi Navaei represented the country in the first to eight weight categories of men's event.

Mohammad-Reza Pour-Asl and Reza Faraji were the head and coach respectively.

Nineteen teams took part in the tournament.

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