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Iran stands second at Asian karate meet

Iran finished runner-up to Japan in the 6th Asian men's and women's karate events, which ended in Taoyuan, Taiwan, Saturday, IRNA reported.

Fighting in men's competitions, the Iranian team won three gold, two silver, and five bronze medals.

Japan scooped up nine golds, one silver, and three bronzes and Indonesia snatched three gold, two silver, and two bronze medals, ranking third.

Uzbekistan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, and Jordan finished fourth to 10th.

On Friday, Jassem Vishgahi grabbed a silver medal for Iran. 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 Jafar 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 objected 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.

Iran won two gold and three bronze medals on the second day of the 6th Asian karate edition Saturday.

Alireza Katiraei and Saeid Farrokhi brought the country two golds and their teammates, Ahmad Akhavan, Maziar Elhami, and Mehdi Amouzadeh, took bronze medals.

In -75 kg, Farrokhi pulverized his Uzbek rival 8-0 and thrashed a Kuwaiti karateka 9-4 to book a berth in the semifinals.

The Iranian prodigy handed a Syrian semifinalist a 9-4 humiliating defeat and overcame his Malaysian opponent 5-2 in final, snatching the glittering gold.

Representing the country in open fights, Katiraei demolished a representative from Macau 8-0 in the first round and beat his Uzbek rival 4-1 in his second clash.

Katiraei narrowly defeated a Kazakh player 1-0 and routed a finalist from Nippon 9-4, winning the gold medal.

In 55 kg category, Akhavan lost to an Uzbek karateist 4-2 but won his second clash against a Taiwanese player 1-0. The Iranian bagged bronze as he clobbered his opponent from Thailand 10-2.

In -80 kg class, Elhami punished a South Korean karateka 7-0 but lost to his Kazakh rival 5-4 in the second round. Elhami was announced the bronze medalist as his Kazakh opponent refused to play.

Amouzadeh took the third bronze medal of Iran in -70 kg competitions. He overcame his Syrian and Kuwaiti opponents 4-3 in the first and second rounds. Amouzadeh was beaten by a Japanese player 6-4 in his third clash. Eyeing the bronze medal, the Iranian wrapped up a 12-4 defeat for his Thai opponent.

Iran takes Asian kumite runner-up title

Iran stood second in the kumite competitions of the 6th Asian Karate Championships in Taoyuan, Taiwan, Saturday. Iran lost to Japan 3-2 in the final.

Consisting of Majid Abdolhosseini, Maziar Elhami, and Esmaeil Torkzad, the Iranian kumite side defeated Uzbekistan, South Korea, and Indonesia 3-0.

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