Japan topped the final medal table with six golds at the Asian Karate Federation Senior Championship in the Uzbekistan capital of Tashkent – but home karateka Bakhriniso Babaeva produced arguably the most popular result of the day.
Babaeva defeated Japan’s world champion Miho Miyahara to win gold in the female kumite under-50kg class.
It was one of three titles for the hosts as the annual event concluded in the Sport Complex “Uzbekistan”.
Nodira Djumaniyazova beat Indonesia’s Georgia Zefanya in the female under-68kg final and Sadriddin Saymatov defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Rafael Akbarov in the male under-60kg category.
Bronze medals in the female kumite under-50kg class were claimed by Ranran Li of China and Chinese Taipei’s Shiau-Shuang Gu.
Bronzes in the female under-68kg were earned by Kayo Someya of Japan and Jou Chao of Chinese Tapei, with the male under-68kg bronze going to Fahed Ahmad of Jordan and Abdullah Shaaban of Kuwait.
Japan’s triple world champion Ryo Kiyuna won the male kata title for a fourth consecutive time, extending a winning run that goes back to February 2018, and double world champion Kiyou Shimizu earned victory in the female kata.
Kiyuna defeated Zigi Zaresta of Indonesia in his final, with bronzes going to Mohammed Almosawai of Kuwait and Hjun Park of South Korea.
Shimizu’s beaten opponent in her final was Hong Kong’s Grace Lau, with Fatemeh Sadeghi of Iran and Phuong Nguyen of Vietnam taking bronze.
Japan also won the male and female team kata gold, thus making a second consecutive clean sweep of medals in the discipline.
Their women beat Iran, with bronze medals going to Vietnam and Kong Kong, while their men beat Malaysia in a contest where bronzes went to Kuwait and Iran.
There were individual male kumite golds, too, for Japan’s Hiroto Shinohara in the under-67kg category as he defeated Didar Amirali of Kazakhstan, with Ahmed Alhadharim of United Arab Emirates and Rahman Almasatfa of Jordan taking bronze medals.
Rising talent Ken Nishimura was the winner in the under-75kg class, beating Abdulaziz Alhakami of Saudi Arabia as bronzes were claimed by Omar Alajenaei of Kuwait and Bahman Asgari of Iran.
Iran also had a highly profitable day.
Travat Khaksar earned gold for them in the female kumite under-55kg category, beating home karateka Sevinch Rakhimova, with bronze medals going to Istri Agung of Indonesia and I Sok Wong of Macau.
The female kumite over-68kg title went to Iran’s Hamideh Abbasali, with silver going to Sofya Berultseva of Kazakhstan.
Mengmeng Gao of China and home athlete Mokhlaroyim Khakimjonova earned bronze.
And in the male kumite under-84kg category, Zabiollah Poorshab added a fourth gold to the Iranian collection with victory over Mahmoud Sajan of Jordan, with bronze medals being claimed by Mohammed Almijadi of Kuwait and Japan’s Ryutaro Araga.
Saudi Arabia’s Tareg Hamedi earned gold in the male kumite overe-84kg class, beating Japan’s Hideyoshi Kagawa, as bronze medals went to Iran’s Sajad Ganjzadeh and Teerawat Kangtong of Thailand.
China’s Xiaoyan Yin won gold in the female under-61kg kumite, defeating Rozita Alipourkeshka of Iran, with bronze going to Kymbat Toitonova of Kyrgyzstan and Ayami Morguchi of Japan.
Kazakhstan’s Andrey Aktauov won gold in the male under-55kg category, beating Abdullah Alharbi of Saudi Arabia with bronze medals going to Kumar Selvam of Malaysia and home karateka Javokhirbek Abdusattorov.
This year's edition of the AKF Senior Championship is the 16th, with the first having been held in Taiwan's capital Taipei in 1993.