AL NAJJAR BRONZE TAKES JORDAN HAUL TO 11 MEDALS
Aug 27, 2018
Jordan added another medal to its record Asian Games tally on Monday when Bashar Al Najjar won bronze in the Karate -75kg division.
Al Najjar, 26, cruised through to the quarter-finals with a victory over Dastonbek Otabolaev, from Uzbekistan, but he was stunned, 3-1, by eventual silver medallist Raef Al Turkistani, of Saudi Arabia, to drop into the repechage process of trying to win bronze.
He regrouped to beat Ka Wai Lee, of Hong Kong, 8-0, before overcoming Pakistan’s Abbas Ghulam in the bronze medal fight.
Mahmoud Sajan narrowly missed out on another Karate medal in the -85kg weight after losing 3-2 to Iran’s Zabiollah Poorshab in the bronze medal match.
There was also disappointment for the Boxing team with Olympian Obada Al Kesbeh missing out on a -64kg quarter-final spot after losing to World Championships silver medallist, Ikboljon Kholdarov, of Uzbekistan.
Monday’s bronze takes Jordan’s tally to 11 medals, including five in Ju-Jitsu, four in Taekwondo and two in Karate.