TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Zabihollah Poorshab from Iran has claimed a gold medal at the Karate 1-Premier League event in Dubai.
Poorshab defeated Daniyar Yuldashev from Kazakhstan 8-5 in the men’s under-84 kilogram kumite.
His countryman Mahdi Khodabakhshi also won a bronze medal in the class after defeating Kazakhstan’s Igor Chikhmarev 1-0 in the third-place match.
Shima Alesaadi laso won a silver medal at the event on Sunday.
Alesaadi, who had defeated her rivals from France, Spain, Egypt, Ukraine and Slovakia, lost to Xiaoyan Yin from China 3-1 in the final match of the women’s under-60 kilogram kumite.
The event in Dubai is one of the last competitions before the Olympic qualification process ends on April 6.
Nearly 600 fighters from 85 countries have registered, including all but two of the reigning world champions and 10 out of the 12 defending Premier League grand winners.