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Iranian judokas claim 3 medals in Junior Asian Judo Cup

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This photo shows members of the Iranian judo team at the Junior Asian Judo Cup in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (Photo by the Islamic Republic of Iran Judo & Kurash Federation)

Iranian judo practitioners have displayed fine athletic skills at the Junior Asian Cup in Uzbekistan, and been awarded three medals, including one silver, at the continental sporting event.

Abolfazl Shojaei defeated a contestant from the host nation in the first round of men’s under 90-kilogram weight class.

He later obtained two consecutive victories over Tajik and Kazakh rivals, and advanced to the semi-final round.

Shojaei prevailed over another representative from Uzbekistan and found a place in the title challenge.

He, however, lost to his Kazakh opponent in the final and scooped the silver.

Additionally, Reza Azizi earned a bronze medal in the men’s over 90-kilogram weight division.

Maral Mardani also claimed the third spot in the women’s over 70-kilogram weight section.

The Junior Asian Judo Cup kicked off in the Uzbek capital city of Tashkent on April 11, and finished on April 15, 2018.

The tournament attracted 255 judo practitioners form 10 countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.


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