Iranian male and female karate practitioners have put in outstanding performances at the 21st edition of the Open de Paris – Karate1 Premier League in France, and picked up four medals, including two gold.
Iran’s Sajjad Ganjzadeh participated in men’s over 84-kigram kumite contests in the French capital city of Paris on Sunday, and made use of a diverse array of techniques to triumph over a Dutch representative 7-1 in the final competition and clinch goal.
In the women’s minus 55-kilogram kumite division, Taravat Khaksar overcame Scottish opponent Amy Connell 2-0 in the final match and stood atop the podium.
Khaksar had initially defeated Ukraine’s Anzhelika Terluyga, Armande Michel from France, Montenegrin Ana Draskovic, Mamiko Gomyo from Japan plus Spaniard Cristina Ferrer Garcia in the competition.
Earlier in the tournament, Zabihollah Poursheib and Saman Heydari finished third in the men's minus 84-kilogram and over 84-kilogram kumite divisions.
Poursheib defeated Georgia’s Gogita Arkania 5-1 on Saturday evening and claimed the bronze medal.
Poorsheib started the campaign with a 5-0 win over Abdulaziz Alhakami from Saudi Arabia. He thrashed German Mehmet Bolat Akif 7-0, and then beat Kazakhstan’s Igor Chikhmarev 1-0 and French representatives Jessie da Costa and Ibrahima Mbaye Elhadi.
The Iranian karateka however lost to Japanese Ryutaro Araga 2-5 in the semifinals, and was relegated to the repechage round.
The 21th edition of the Open de Paris – Karate1 Premier League opened in the French capital on January 27, and finished on January 29, 2017.
The tournament reportedly brought together more than 1,200 male and female athletes from 78 nations, including Armenia, China, France, Germany, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Turkey, Venezuela, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.