TOKYO, Aug 7 (Reuters) – The ultimate bout of karate’s historic debut on the Olympics led to uproar on Saturday when Saudi Arabian Tareg Hamedi’s high-kick to Sajad Ganjzadeh’s neck noticed him disqualified and his immobile Iranian opponent awarded the gold medal.
Hardly a minute in, Hamedi regarded dominant, having scored a three-point “ippon” within the ninth second and he was main 4-1 earlier than the bout got here to an abrupt finish.
Hamedi’s last kick despatched Ganjzadeh to the tatami and the Saudi into celebration mode earlier than the temper within the Nippon Budokan enviornment turned. Medics rushed to Ganjzadeh’s aspect, inserting an oxygen masks on the Iranian and eradicating him on a stretcher.
After a couple of minutes of dialogue among the many officers on the sidelines, the referee known as the match for Ganjzadeh by disqualifying Hamedi for an unchecked assault, which isn’t allowed underneath karate’s Olympic guidelines.
Ganjzadeh returned later for the medal ceremony, strolling usually. Each he and Hamedi have been expressionless as they stepped as much as the rostrum and picked up their medals.
They appeared to harbour no arduous emotions in the direction of one another, nonetheless, as they hugged and posed for pictures collectively.
“I am comfortable in regards to the gold medal however I am unhappy that I needed to win it like this,” Ganjzadeh instructed a information convention.
Hamedi took the loss in his stride, saying he was sad with the choose’s determination however happy with how he fought.
Turkey’s Ugur Aktas and Japan’s Ryutaro Araga took the bronze medals within the males’s +75kg kumite class.
The ladies’s gold medal within the +61kg class went to Egypt’s Feryal Abdelaziz, who gained solely her nation’s second gold medal since 1948 by beating Azerbaijan’s Iryna Zaretska within the last. Kazakhstan’s Sofya Berultseva and China’s Gong Li took the bronzes.
Ganjzadeh was the second karate-ka on Saturday to be carried away on a stretcher.
Germany’s gold-medal hopeful Jonathan Horne suffered a mid-bout harm throughout the elimination spherical that left him writhing and screaming in agony and unable to rise from the tatami.
The German Olympic Sports activities Confederation press officer Michael Schirp mentioned Horne had suffered an elbow harm that will be examined additional in hospital. The extent of the injury was nonetheless unknown, he mentioned.
Horne, the reigning world champion within the +84kg class, had 20 seconds left in his match.
Earlier within the girls’s +61kg class contest, Italian Silvia Semeraro’s head was bandaged up whereas venue employees changed the tatami panels stained along with her blood.
Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Enhancing by Himani Sarkar/Toby Davis/Ken Ferris
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