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Iran's Karami bags Olympics taekwondo bronze

Tehran, Aug 29, IRNA -- Youssef Karami of Iran grabbed bronze at the men's-80kg taekwondo tournament of the 28th Olympic Games in Athens, capital of Greek, on Saturday.

Taekwondo medalists: Hadi Saei (gold) and Youssef Karami (bronze)
photo: ISNA

The Iranian phenom beat Rashad Ahmadov from the Republic of Azerbaijan 9-8.

Steven Lopez from the United States stole the show as he beat Turkey's Bahri Tanrikulu.

The two-time world champion opened up a two-point gap and eventually won 3-0.

Lopez denied Karami a final berth as he won the nail-biting semifinal 7-6.

On Friday, Sydney bronze medalist Hadi Saei from Iran won the coveted gold of -68kg taekwondo meet. The 28-year-old overpowered 1997 and 2003 world champion Huang Cgih-Hsiung from Taiwan.

Saei outpointed the Taiwanese 6-3 to revenge his loss in the 2003 world final.

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