Hamza Iqbal Wins Bronze Medal for Pakistan at Commonwealth Karate Championship


Hamza Iqbal Raja. — Provided by the author
  • Hamza from Azad Kashmir competed in the men’s -84 category bout.
  • Hamza beat Nathan Preece of Wales 11-5 to qualify for the bronze medal.
  • In the medal contest, the Pakistani Karateka was in top form.

Pakistani Hamza Iqbal Raja has won a bronze medal for Pakistan at the 10th Commonwealth Karate Championships taking place in Birmingham.

Hamza from Azad Kashmir competed in the men’s -84 category bout.

He began his journey to bronze with a victory over Indian Vivek Teja Cherupalli in the first round. The Pakistani Karateka knocked out his Indian opponent convincingly with the score 8-0.

However, in the quarter-finals, Hamza lost 7-2 to England’s Joe Kellaway.

After the quarter-final loss, Hamza’s chances of winning a medal remained alive and he entered the repechage round.

He beat Nathan Preece of Wales 11-5 to advance to the bronze medal bout where he faced Demetris Demetriades of Cyprus.

Hamza Iqbal Wins Bronze Medal for Pakistan at Commonwealth Karate Championship

In the medal contest, the Pakistani Karateka was in top form. The Cypriot karateka also showed some of the best skills but it wasn’t enough to tackle the young Pakistani athlete who won the contest with a score of 8-5.

The other Pakistani karateka in the championship, Saadi Abbas, was not in his best form and finished in 5th place.

Saadi had earned a first-round bye but lost 5-3 to Australia’s Mithcell Durham in the quarter-finals. He managed to win his first repechage bout against Canadian Nicholas Patrick 4-0 but in the bronze medal contest he was beaten by Indian Aman Kumar 4-1.

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