Olympic bronze medallist Abdul Rahman Al-Masatafa has won a brilliant silver medal at the second round of the World Karate Premier League being hosted in Matosinhos, Portugal. The Tokyo 2020 star has established himself as one of the best in the -67KG class, but was beaten to gold by the reigning Olympic and World champion, Stephen Da Costa, of France. But it couldn’t have been a closer finale, with the referee giving the match to the Frenchman after it finished 5-5. Al-Masatfa reached the final by winning his group with victory over Fouad Benbara, of Algeria, and a draw with Saudi Arabia’s Fahd Al-Khathami, and then beating Noah Besino, of Switzerland, in the quarter-final and Morocco’s Said Obaya in the last four. This is Premier League medal of the year already for the in-form Jordanians, following gold for Abdullah Hammad and a bronze for Hassan Maasarwe in the first round hosted in Fujairah, UAE. The latest round featured 294 fighters from 53 countries.
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