France top medal table of memorable Karate 1-Youth League Venice-Jesolo
Karate wrapped up the season of international events with a sensational tournament in Venice-Jesolo (Italy9. The Karate 1-Youth League Venice-Jesolo put the golden finishing touch to a historic year of Karate as thousands of youngsters from all over the world demonstrated the tremendous appeal of Karate at young ages in a memorable event.
Karate wrapped up the season of international events with a sensational tournament in Venice-Jesolo (Italy). The Karate 1-Youth League Venice-Jesolo put the golden finishing touch to a historic year of Karate as thousands of youngsters from all over the world demonstrated the tremendous appeal of Karate at young ages.
Never before in the recent history of the sport had a Karate event gathered such a big number of participants. Over 3000 young athletes from 65 countries took part in the record-breaking tournament in Venice-Jesolo. The competition finished today with France topping the final medal table after taking five gold medals, followed by Ukraine and Slovakia with four golds respectively.
The last day of action was centred on the younger categories of the event. In a striking demonstration of abilities, karatekas under 14 years old showed extraordinary level in U14 competition. The gold medals in U14 Kata went to Paola Garcia Lozano of Spain and Andrew Luck of Germany who gave the first titles for the two European nations.
Young promising karatekas from France took the powerhouse nation of the sport to the top of the podium in the last day of competition. Faith Porquet in U14 Female Kumite +47kg and Hairiss Hierso in U14 Kumite Male -45kg completed the sensational performance of the future stars of the sport from France.
Meanwhile, in U14 Kumite competition, Helena Backovic took the second gold medal for Montenegro after defeating Idaira Lopez Mendez of Spain in the final of U14 Female Kumite -42kg. Tamara Satzinger won the first title for Switzerland in U14 Female Kumite -47kg as Haruki Watanabe claimed the second gold for Japan with his victory in U14 Kumite Male -50kg
The list of gold medallists was completed with Amin Abdelmalki of Belgium who became champion of U14 Kumite Male -40kg, Male Druva of Latvia who prevailed in U14 Kumite Male +55kg and Tymur Nikulin of Ukraine who took the title in U14 Kumite Male -55kg.
With the crowning of the future heroes of the sport in Venice-Jesolo, the season of Karate 1-Youth League came to a glorious end. The Karate 1-Youth League will travel next year to Limassol (Cyprus), Porec (Croatia), Monterrey (Mexico) and Venice (Italy).