Iran’s Khaksar takes gold at Karate1 Premier League

January 29, 2017

Taravat Khaksar claimed a gold medal in the Karate1 Premier League – Paris 2017 on Sunday.

The Iranian athlete defeated Amy Connell from Scotland 2-0 in the final match of the Female Kumite -55kg.

She defeated Ukraine’s Anzhelika Terluyga, Sara Yamada and Mamiko Gomyo from Japan, Montenegrin Ana Draskovic, Armande Michel from France and Spaniard Cristina Ferrer Garcia in the competition.  

Earlier in the day, Iranian Zabihollah Poorshab and Saman Heydari in the Male Kumite -84 Kg and +84kg finished in third place.

This year's Karate1 Premier League series, which started in Paris on Friday (January 27), is "crucial" to the sport’s plans to develop itself before its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The Paris event has attracted a record entry of 1,096 entrants from 77 nations - many of whom are highly motivated to secure world ranking points that will assist them in Olympic qualification.

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