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Kuwaitis grab 11 medals at Arab Karate Championship

KUWAIT: Salman Al-Mousawi and Yasmine Al-Mutawa took home two medals apiece as Kuwaitis finished the Arab Karate Championship for men and women, which concluded on Saturday, with a total 11 medals in Cairo. The Karatekas fought out one gold, four silver and six bronze medals, with Al-Mousawi clinching Kuwait’s only tournament gold in the men’s team kata, an exhibition discipline based on form and style, alongside Mohammed Al-Mousawi and Mohammed Ahmad.

Salman also won silver, this time as an individual in the same class.His compatriot, Yasmine Al-Mutawa, secured silver in the women’s kata as an individual and within a team, which also included Dalal Al-Saeed and Asrar Ali. Al-Saeed and Ali both gifted their nation another two bronze medals in the women’s under 55kg and under 61kg kumite respectively.

Also contributing to the medal count, namely in the kumite classes, were Yousef Ahmed (silver in the men’s under 84kg), Mohammed Al-Otaibi (bronze in the men’s under 60kg), Yousef Al-Sarraf (bronze in the men’s under 67kg) and Salama Al-Sultan (women’s under 50kg) as Kuwait were also men’s team kumite bronze winners. Upon their arrival home, head of Kuwait’s Karate Federation, Mohammad Al-Jassem, praised the results as “great achievements”, saying many more international participations await the side made up mostly of youth. – KUNA

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