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Japan and Iran strike gold as WKF flag passed to 2020 hosts Dubai at Karate World Championships

Japan and Iran strike gold as WKF flag passed to 2020 hosts Dubai at Karate World Championships

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Japan proved too strong for Spain in the women's final ©Getty Images
Japan proved too strong for Spain in the women's final ©Getty Images
There were tears of joy from the Japanese team after they retained their title ©Getty Images
There were tears of joy from the Japanese team after they retained their title ©Getty Images
Spain put in a strong showing but were forced to settle for silver ©Getty Images
Spain put in a strong showing but were forced to settle for silver ©Getty Images
Japan were also dominant in the men's final as they overcame the host nation 5-0 ©Getty Images
Japan were also dominant in the men's final as they overcame the host nation 5-0 ©Getty Images
Their triumph saw them retain the title they claimed in Linz in 2016 ©Getty Images
Their triumph saw them retain the title they claimed in Linz in 2016 ©Getty Images
Spain were again on the receiving end of a superb display from Japan ©Getty Images
Spain were again on the receiving end of a superb display from Japan ©Getty Images
Iran fought back to beat Turkey in the men's team kumite final ©Getty Images
Iran fought back to beat Turkey in the men's team kumite final ©Getty Images
The Iranian team dethroned the defending champions with a battling display ©Getty Images
The Iranian team dethroned the defending champions with a battling display ©Getty Images
The WKF flag was officially passed to 2020 Karate World Championships hosts Dubai ©Twitter
The WKF flag was officially passed to 2020 Karate World Championships hosts Dubai ©Twitter






Defending champions France and Iran book team final places at Karate World Championships

Defending champions France and Iran book team final places at Karate World Championships

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France were in impressive form as they reached the women's final ©WKF
France were in impressive form as they reached the women's final ©WKF
The French quartet have the chance to defend the title they claimed in 2016 ©FFK/Twitter
The French quartet have the chance to defend the title they claimed in 2016 ©FFK/Twitter
Japan stand between France and a fourth women's team kumite title ©WKF
Japan stand between France and a fourth women's team kumite title ©WKF
The men's event also provided thrilling action on day four ©WKF
The men's event also provided thrilling action on day four ©WKF
Turkey beat Azerbaijan to reach the men's final ©Twitter
Turkey beat Azerbaijan to reach the men's final ©Twitter
Japan denied Spain the chance to compete for another gold medal on home soil ©WKF
Japan denied Spain the chance to compete for another gold medal on home soil ©WKF
Spain will instead battle for bronze on the last day of the Championships in Madrid ©WKF
Spain will instead battle for bronze on the last day of the Championships in Madrid ©WKF
Iran were made to work hard for their place in the final ©WKF
Iran were made to work hard for their place in the final ©WKF
Azerbaijan's Rafael Aghayev, right, will not be leaving the Spanish capital with a gold medal ©WKF
Azerbaijan's Rafael Aghayev, right, will not be leaving the Spanish capital with a gold medal ©WKF






Kata stars Shimizu and Kiyuna shine on opening day of Karate World Championships

Kata stars Shimizu and Kiyuna shine on opening day of Karate World Championships

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Japan's Kiyou Shimizu will have the chance to secure a third straight world title at the weekend ©WKF
Japan's Kiyou Shimizu will have the chance to secure a third straight world title at the weekend ©WKF
Shimizu's compatriot Ryo Kiyuna also maintained his pursuit of a hat-trick of consecutive kata crowns ©WKF
Shimizu's compatriot Ryo Kiyuna also maintained his pursuit of a hat-trick of consecutive kata crowns ©WKF
Action also began in four kumite weight categories ©Twitter
Action also began in four kumite weight categories ©Twitter
Turkey's Ugur Aktas reacts after losing his men's under-84kg semi-final ©Twitter
Turkey's Ugur Aktas reacts after losing his men's under-84kg semi-final ©Twitter
Greece’s Eleni Chatziliadou claimed victory in a hard-fought women's over-68kg semi-final ©WKF
Greece’s Eleni Chatziliadou claimed victory in a hard-fought women's over-68kg semi-final ©WKF
Germany's Jonathan Horne, right, reached the men's over-84kg final in style ©WKF
Germany's Jonathan Horne, right, reached the men's over-84kg final in style ©WKF
Irina Zaretska of Azerbaijan booked a place in a World Championships final for the first time in the women's under-68kg division ©WKF
Irina Zaretska of Azerbaijan booked a place in a World Championships final for the first time in the women's under-68kg division ©WKF
Ayumi Uekusa of Japan and Eleni Chatziliadou of Greece will clash for gold in a repetition of the final of two years ago in Linz ©WKF
Ayumi Uekusa of Japan and Eleni Chatziliadou of Greece will clash for gold in a repetition of the final of two years ago in Linz ©WKF
WKF President Antonio Espinos watches on from the stands on the first day of competition ©Twitter
WKF President Antonio Espinos watches on from the stands on the first day of competition ©Twitter