IAU Students Claim Second Spot at 2018 FISU World University Karate C’ship

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 09:57

Students of Islamic Azad University have managed to collect ten medals, including one gold, four silver, and five bronze medals in the men and women’s categories at the 11th FISU World University Karate Championship in Japan.

According to an ISCA report, Saleh Abazari, Arak SAMA IAU student, won his rival 4-0 and bagged gold at the 11th FISU World University Karate Championship in the Japanese city of Kobe. He had defeated opponents from Poland, France and Hungary to advance to the final fixture.

Abazari also represented Iran’s kumite team – along with Mehdi Qararizadeh, Younes Norouzi, Mehdi Khodabakhshi, Mehdi Rahiminejad, Milad Bahmani and Mohammad-Mehdi Qaheri – which settled for a second-spot finish after suffering a 3-1 defeat against Japan.

In the kata contests, Abolfazl Shahrjerdi snatched a silver after he was beaten 5-0 by a Japanese practitioner in the final of the men’s singles’ contests while Iran’s three-a-side team – comprising Sharjerdi, Milad Delikhoun and Ali Zand – beat Sri Lanka 5-0 to take the men’s team bronze.

Avishan Bagheri conceded defeat 2-0 against her Japanese rival at the final showdown in the -55kg category and grabbed the silver medal.

Melika Ahadi won Iran its second silver after conceding defeat against a Japanese rival in the -61kg category.

In addition, Fa’ezeh Chizari (women’s -50kg), Behnoush Najafi (women’s -68kg), Ali Meskini (men’s -60kg) and Rahiminejad (men’s -67kg) collected four bronze medals in their weight divisions.

A total of 10 medals gave Iran a second-place finish, following Japan which dominated the championships with 10 gold, two silvers and two bronzes. France, meanwhile, stood third, pocketing one gold, two silvers and five bronzes.

Karate practitioners from 33 countries took part in the 11th FISU World University Karate Championship in Kobe, Japan. The international tournament kicked off on July 18 and wrapped up on July 22.

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