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Iranian karate fighters get five medals in 2017 Summer Deaflympics

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iranian Paralympian karate practitioner Milad Sadeghzadeh Moghaddam (2nd L)

Iranian male and female karate practitioners have managed to collect five more medals at the ongoing 23rd edition of Summer Deaflympics in Turkey, and raised the Islamic Republic’s medal count to fourteen at the prestigious international event.

Iran’s Bahareh Safari participated in women’s minus 50-kilogram kumite competitions at Ataturk Sports Hall in Turkey’s northern and major Black Sea port city of Samsun, and drew level with her Turkish rival Melek Morgil in her last contest to bag the bronze.

Atefeh Bayat also settled for the bronze medal In the women's minus 55-kilogram kumite division.

Additionally, Mojdeh Mardani prevailed over Tetiana Khyl from Ukraine 4-1, and claimed another bronze medal for the Iranian delegation in the women’s individual kata section on Monday.

Milad Sadeghzadeh Moghaddam downed Russian opponent Tigran Kolyan 8-0 in the final of men’s minus 6-kilogram kumite contests, and clinched the yellow metal.

Mohammad Khodayar defeated Italy’s Daniele Di Guido 7-1 in the men’s minus 67-kilogram category, and received the bronze.

The 2017 Summer Deaflympics, officially known as the 23rd edition of Summer Deaflympics, opened in Samsun, Turkey, on July 18 and will finish on July 30, 2017. A total of 3,148 athletes from 97 countries are competing in 21 sports at the international multi-sport event.

Dozens of Iranian athletes are in action across 13 sports. They are vying for top honors in athletics, beach volleyball, bowling, football, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, judo, karate, shooting, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and volleyball.

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