Karate leg­ends win top ti­tle in Switzer­land

Azer News - - Country Guide - By Naila Huseynli

Leg­ends of karate Rafael Aghayev and Rafiz Hasanov, who are in the squad of the na­tional team of Azer­bai­jan, won the 9th Open Mas­ters-2018 tour­na­ment.

Rafael at 75 kg and Rafiz at 67 kg in weight class won all com­peti­tors and rose to the top of the honorary podium. Na­tional ath­letes were awarded with cup as the win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion.

In to­tal, Azer­bai­jani team won 11 awards. Four of them were pre­sented for the first place, four for sec­ond place, and three for third place.

Rafael Agayev, nick­named ‘black bril­liant of the karate world”, be­came Euro­pean cham­pion for the 11th time. The 33-year-old karate fighter won a gold medal at the 53rd EKF Se­nior Cham­pi­onships in Novi Sad, Ser­bia, this year.

Last year, Rafiz Hasanov won the tour­na­ment and hit the Azer­bai­jan Cham­pion ti­tle.

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