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Egyptians Win Silver, Gold Medals at Karate World Championships

Egyptians Win Silver, Gold Medals at Karate World Championships

Horuna Stanislav (L) from the Ukraine fights against his opponent Omar Abdel Rahman from Egypt during the Male Kumite third place 75kg of the 22nd Karate World Championships at OVB-Arena on November 8, 2014 in Bremen, Germany. Photo: CARMEN JASPERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Horuna Stanislav (L) from the Ukraine fights against his opponent Omar Abdel Rahman from Egypt during the Male Kumite third place 75kg of the 22nd Karate World Championships at OVB-Arena on November 8, 2014 in Bremen, Germany. Photo: CARMEN JASPERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

Egyptian karatekas Sarah Sayed and Omar Abdel Rahman landed silver medals, while Egyptian Giana Farouk clinched a gold medal at the 2016 Karate World Championships in Linz, Austria on Saturday.

Farouk, 36, defeated France’s Lucie Ignace to clinch her sixth consecutive gold medal at a World Championship since 2011.

She previously helped Egypt’s women’s team in kumite secure a gold medal for Egypt at the 22nd Karate World Championships in Bremen in 2014, and has won a silver or gold medal at every major international event since 2013.

Sayed landed in the second spot behind Japan’s Kiyou Shimizu, after defying expectations by making it to the final round.

“It is the first time in the history of Egyptian karate that a female has reached the kata final, so of course I am very happy,” said Sayed, who is ranked as number 21 worldwide. “I made a lot of sacrifices to be here and at the end of the day, all that I did was worth it.”

Meanwhile, Abdel Rahman also walked away with the silver medal in the men’s under-75kg crown after losing the final match to Azerbaijan’s Rafael Aghayev 4-1.

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