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Iranian athletes shine at Asian karate meet

Jassem Vishgahi grabbed a silver medal for Iran in the 6th Asian Karate Championships in Taoyuan, Taiwan, Friday.

The Iranian karateka, who had defeated his opponents from Taiwan, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia lost to the Kuwaiti finalist 8-5.

Iran has lodged a complaint against the judges' decision. Vishgahi was booted out of the national camp for a row with his teammate on Jan 4.

Talking to IRNA, the Iranian manager Gholam-Reza Dabbaghian added Vishgahi had a quarrel with Ja'far Qolizadeh in a training session of the fifth-stage camp.

The head coach said he consulted with the Karate Federation officials and they decided to cross out his name.

Vishgahi, who wore the national jersey in 1996 confessed to his erring but opposed to his expulsion.

He said he has been free of any wrongdoing during his seven-year career and did not expect such a decision.


Iran won its first gold medal in the 6th Asian karate edition as Hassan Rowhani stood top on Friday.

Representing the country in -60 kg class, the determined Rowhani handed his Indonesian rival a 5-1 humiliating defeat in the final, winning the coveted gold.

Rowhani had already overcome the karatekas from Kazakhstan, Taiwan, and Uzbekistan.

Iran also snatched two bronze medals in the 6th edition earlier on Friday.

Consisting of Afshin Hemmati-Moqaddam, Malek Mehrabi, and Mostafa Pour-Jalali, the Iranian kata side finished third as it beat Hong Kong 3-0.

Iran did not book a berth in the final as it was beaten by Myanmar 2-1.

In 65 kg kumite competitions, Hossein Rowhani of Iran crushed his Kuwaiti rival 5-1 to win the bronze medal.

Rowhani thrashed his opponent from Saudi Arabia 4-0 in his first fight but lost to a Japanese representative 3-2 in the second clash.

The Iranian karateka routed a player from Hong Kong 5-0 before his struggle for the bronze medal.

The three-day Asian karate event started in Taoyuan on Feb 6.

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