A huge field of 702 karatekas were in Dubai (UAE) for the second Karate 1 Premier League tournament, with France, Japan and Turkey grabbing the headlines with three wins apiece.
But the overall medal leader was Iran, which won nine medals in all, to seven for Japan. The Iranians did have one winner, in Bahman Asgari Ghoncheh in the -75 kg class.
The U.S. collected a bronze medal in the -75 kg class as well, from former World Champion Tom Scott. Summaries:
Karate 1 Premier League
Dubai (UAE) ~ 15-17 February 2019
(Full results here)
Kata: 1. Ryo Kiyuna (JPN); 2. Damian Hugo Quintero (ESP); 3. Issei Shimbaba (JPN) and Mattia Busato (ITA).
Team Kata: 1. Turkey (Goktas, Sofuoglu, Duran); 2. Kuwait; 3. Spain and Iran.
Kumite -60 kg: 1. Darkhan Assadilov (KAZ); 2. Yunosuke Minami (JPN); 3. Kaisar Alpysbay (KAZ) and Eray Samdan (TUR).
Kumite -67 kg: 1. Steven Dacosta (FRA); 2. Didar Amirali (KAZ); 3. Amir Reza Mirzaei (IRI) and Hamoon Derafshipour (IRI).
Kumite -75 kg: 1. Bahman Asgari Ghoncheh (IRI); 2. Luigi Busa (ITA); 3. Tom Scott (USA) and Rafael Aghayev (AZE).
Kumite -84 kg: 1. Ugur Aktas (TUR); 2. Ali Fadakar (IRI); 3. Farouk Abdesselem (FRA) and Zabihollah Poorshab (IRI).
Kumite +84 kg: 1. Hideyoshi Kagawa (JPN); 2. Mehdi Filali (FRA); 3. Sajad Ganjzadeh (IRI) and Hocine Daikhi (ALG).
Kata: 1. Jaime Sanchez (ESP); 2. Kiyou Shimizu (JPN); 3. Emiri Iwamoto (JPN) and Viviana Bottaro (ITA).
Team Kata: 1. Italy (Nicosanti, Casale, Pezzetti); 2. Iran; 3. Australia and Russia.
Kumite -50 kg: 1. Serap Ozcelik Arapoglu (TUR); 2. Kateryna Kryva (UKR); 3. Sophia Bouderbane (FRA) and Ahmed Salama Reem (EGY).
Kumite -55 kg: 1. Tzu-Yun Wen (TPE); 2. Anzhelika Terliuga (UKR); 3. Valeria Kumizaki (JPN) and Fatemeh Chalaki (IRI).
Kumite -61 kg: 1. Gwendoline Philppe (FRA); 2. Giana Lotfy (EGY); 3. Rozita Alipourkeshka (IRI) and Haya Jumaa (CAN).
Kumite -68 kg: 1. Feryal Abdelaziz (EGY); 2. Irina Zaretska (AZE); 3. Marina Rakovic (MNE) and Alizee Agier (FRA).
Kumite +68 kg: 1. Anne Laure Florentin (FRA); 2. Clio Ferracuti (ITA); 3. Menna Shaaban Okila (EGY) and Amelia Harvey (ENG).