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Rowhani ends Iran's decade-long wait for world karate gold

TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (Mehr News Agency) - Hossein Rowhani ended Iran's 10-year world karate gold drought after he snatched the 60kg kumite title in the 18th edition in Finland Saturday.

Rowhani cruised into the final by edging past the karatekas from Qatar, Colombia, Malaysia, Spain, and Tunisia.

The Iranian grabbed the glittering gold, the second in Iran's history, after getting the better of his rival from Azerbaijan 4-1 in the final.

Mehdi Amuzadeh took Iran's first world gold in South Africa in 1996.

Egypt and Tunisia jointly bagged bronze.

Forty competed in the weight category.

In the 70kg, Saeid Farrokhi from Iran and Japan's representative jointly took the bronze medal.

Esmaeil Torkzad also handed Iran a bronze as he finished third in the 80kg event.

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