Iran Crowned Karate 1-Premier League
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran won the title of the Karate 1-Premier League in Paris on Sunday.
The Iranian team won two gold and five bronze medals in the competition.
Zabiollah Poorshab defeated Egypt’s Ahmed Elmasry in Male Kumite -84kg to win Iran’s first gold medal.
Sajad Ganjzadeh was the second Grand Winner prevailing in Paris. The current world champion took his second consecutive gold in Paris and demonstrated to be one of the major forces of the sport following his 3-1 victory over France’s Mehdi Filali in Male Kumite +84kg.
Taravat Khaksar (women’s under 55kg), Hamoon Derafshipour (men’s under 67kg), Saleh Abazari (men’s under 84kg) and Bahman Askari (men’s under 75kg) claimed five bronze medals.
The event brought a total of 756 competitors from 81 nations together in Paris from Jan. 27 to 29.
A total of 22 male and 11 female karate athletes from Iran participated in the event.
Initiated in 2011, the Karate1 Premier League is the most important league event in the world of karate. It includes some of the most prominent competitions and endeavors to bring together the best karate athletes in the world.