Powerhouse nations dominate on day 1 of Karate1Limassol
The opening Karate 1-Youth League event of the season started Friday
The opening Karate 1-Youth League event of the season started Friday in Limassol (Cyprus) with powerhouse nations of the sport prevailing in the first day of action.
As a celebration of the strength of Karate in young ages, the Karate 1-Youth League Limassol showcased the excitement and thrill of up-and-coming karatekas in the first Karate 1-Youth League event in over a year. Some 700 young athletes from 37 countries are participating in the opening Karate 1-Youth League event of the year.
Competitors under 14 years old took the stage on day 1 of the tournament. Representatives of Azerbaijan, Russia, Latvia and Ukraine were the big winners of the day with two golds each.
Ramla Heydarova of Azerbaijan topped the podium in U14 Kata Female while team-mate Salman Salmanov won gold in U14 Kata Male. Russia also claimed two gold medals on day 1 since Veronika Gashnikova dominated the U14 Kumite Female -47kg category and Odissei Agapidis prevailed in U14 Kumite Male +55kg.
Latvian athletes also went home with two golds on day 1, with medals going to Sofija Sevcova in U14 Kumite Female +47kg and Yaroslav Bondarev in U14 Kumite Male -40kg. The last delegation taking two golds on Friday was Ukraine, as Hlib Pakhomov in U14 Kumite Male -45kg and Maksym Stetsiv in U14 Kumite Male -50kg were declared winners.
The list of gold medallists in U14 categories is completed with Panka Torok of Hungary in U14 Kumite Female -42kg and Rayan Zoueini of Belgium in U14 Kumite Male -55kg.
The competition continues Saturday with the Cadet categories.
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