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Iran’s karateka Sajad Ganjzadeh wins Tokyo 2020 gold medal

Iran’s karateka Sajad Ganjzadeh, right, takes on his Saudi opponent Tareg Hamedi during the final bout of the men’s +75-kilogram weight category of karate at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, August 7, 2021.

Iran’s karateka Sajad Ganjzadeh has won the gold medal in the men’s karate at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The scintillating performance of the Iranian athlete reached its peak during the final bout of the +75-kilogram weight category on Saturday.

Ganjzadeh was behind by one point to four that his opponent from Saudi Arabia Tareg Hamedi had accumulated.

But the tables turned when the Saudi martial artist violated the rules of fight by an infringement, which is technically known as Hansoku.

The Iranian, who won by Hansoku, was taken out of the tatami due to his injury. Ganjzadeh was back on the podium, recovered.

His medal put the number of gold medals won by Iran’s team of Olympians at the 2020 tournament at three. Iran collected seven medals overall.


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