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23 January 2023, 12:06

Paris Open Karate: Silver for Knodabakhshi; bronze for Abazari

Photo: en.irna.ir
Photo: en.irna.ir

TEHRAN, 23 January (BelTA - IRNA). - 2023 Paris Open Karate Championship ended on Sunday night with a silver medal for Iran's Mahdi Khodabakhsi and a bronze for Saleh Abazari.

The competitions that had started on Friday ended on Sundy with the final and the semifinal matches and Mehdi Khodabakhshi and Saleh Abazari were Iran's athletes on the mattress.

Khodabakhshi had reached the final match of the minus 84kg after eight victories, but was defeated by the host team's Abdul Salam to gain only the silver medal.

Saleh Abazari, too, in the semifinal of the plus 84kg faced Buktan Seric from Serbia, whom he beat to win a bronze medal.

Sajjad Ganjzadeh was Iran's other athlete in the games, but was very soon on the fist day deleted from the winners' row.

Iran's other athletes could not attend the international competition because their visas were not issued.

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