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Russian Dies in Karate Competition

July 11, 1998

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) _ A Russian competitor in an international karate tournament died four after a kick to the head caused a brain hemorrhage, doctors said Friday.

Said Isayev, 20, was kicked Saturday during a quarterfinal fight. Doctors at the Kiev First Aid Hospital, where he underwent surgery, said he never regained consciousness and died Wednesday

Isayev was wearing a helmet, but the blow was to his jaw, Dr. Ihor Konivets said.

The competition, a youth contact karate world championship, was organized by the Ukrainian Federation of Martial Arts.

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