Iran's Sajad Ganjzadeh won the Olympic golden medal successful men's over-75kg karate - contempt being knocked unconscious.
Final hostile Tareg Hamedi was fixed a disqualification punishment for kicking Ganjzadeh hard successful the precocious assemblage oregon head. He nailed his hostile flush connected the jaw with his near foot.
Hamedi initially celebrated but the temper successful the arena rapidly soured. Ganjzadeh was fixed oxygen and taken retired connected a stretcher with his cervix stabilised.
Kumite is meant to beryllium sparring aimed astatine scoring points and Hamedi was deemed to person struck Ganjzadeh excessively forcefully; an unchecked onslaught contrary to the rules, meaning that helium mislaid golden to the antheral who helium demolished.
"I'm blessed astir the golden medal but I'm bittersweet that I had to triumph it similar this," Ganjzadeh said.
Hamedi, who near the mat successful tears, inactive won Saudi Arabia's second-ever metallic medal, but missed retired connected its archetypal gold. He was starring the lucifer 4-1 earlier his disqualification.
He aboriginal said that helium was unhappy with the judge's determination but satisfied with however helium fought. He and Ganjzadeh appeared unneurotic astatine the medal ceremony, comparatively expressionless fixed what occurred.
Adding to Hamedi's pain, karate volition not beryllium contested astatine the adjacent Olympics; meaning helium volition person nary accidental astatine redemption.
Hamedi overcame Japan's Ryutaro Araga successful the semi-finals. Araga's bronze amazingly was the big nation's lone kumite medal successful Tokyo.
Karate proliferated successful Japan and dispersed passim the globe during the 20th century.
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