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Iran starring in world karate firmament

TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (Mehr News Agency) - Iran snatched one gold and two silvers on the first day of world juniors' karate meet in the Turkish city of Istanbul Saturday.

In -55kg, Vahid Hassanipur took the coveted gold by beating his Lithuanian rival 2-0 in the final.

He had already edged past opponents from the U.S., Azerbaijan, Italy, and Belgium.

In -60kg, Puya Soltani finished runner-up as he conceded a loss to the Spanish finalist.

In individual kata, Farid Haqiqi was beaten by his Egyptian rival, winning the silver medal.

... Payvand News - 10/20/07 ... --

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