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Giana Lotfy leads Egyptian success at 2018 UKAF Senior & Junior Championships

2018-09-02

Egypt showed power at the 2018 UFAK Senior & Junior Karate Championships after topping the medal table of the tournament and finishing the event with no less than 16 gold medals. The 17th edition of the African Karate Championships being held in Kigali (Rwanda) was a massive celebration of the sport and showcased the impact of Karate in Africa. 

Giana Lotfy recovered her top form and put an end to two years of medal-drought with a hard-fought triumph in Kigali. The current World title-holder prevailed in Female Kumite -61kg and won her first medal since her victory at the 2016 World Championships. The 23-year-old karateka ruled the competition with an impressive demonstration of efficient karate and a sensational count of 18 points in three bouts. The Egyptian World champion and 2014 continental title-holder took the African crown back after defeating Btissam Sadini of Morocco in the final. 

The Egyptian Star spearheaded the successful performance of representatives of the northern African country. Egypt wrapped-up a dominant tournament with a remarkable tally of 26 medals including 16 golds. Sarah Sayed claimed one more top award for Egypt in the Female Kata category. The current World Championships runner-up confirmed her favourite status and took the Egyptian flag to the top of the podium after edging Sanae Agalmam of Morocco by split decision (3-2). 

After his gold medal in Karate 1-Premier League Rabat, Egypt’s Ali Elsawy extended his tally of awards with a victory in Kigali. The front-runner in Male Kumite -67kg became one of the big heroes of the tournament after producing an outstanding performance in the final and overwhelming Francois Papa Diouf of Senegal by 8-0. 

Mohamed El Kotby and Abdallah Mamduh Abdelaziz in Male competition and Aisha Ahmed in Female kumite completed the list of gold medallist for Egypt in individual categories, while Egyptian representatives also prevailed in Male Team Kumite. 

ALGERIA SURPRISE IN KIGALI 

Algerian karatekas closed the event with a remarkable participation in Kigali, as the delegation of the Mediterranean nation reached the top of the podium in no less than seven senior categories, including golds in Female Team Kata, Female Team Kumite and Male Team Kata. 

Lamya Matoub became one of the leaders of the Algerian success. After claiming gold at The World Games last year, the 26-year-old karateka took the continental title in Female Kumite -68kg. The Algerian representative beat Maman Amina Dione of Senegal by 2-0 so to take her first gold in major international competitions since her victory at the multi-sport event in Wroclaw last year. 

Imane Taleb in Female Kumite -50kg and Widad Draoud in Female Kumite -55kg also took golds for Algeria in women’s competition in Kigali while Hocine Daikhi closed the gold medal count for the northern African country with his title in Male Kumite +84kg. 

The event finished in Kigali with a celebration of the sport as African karate looks to the next edition of the UFAK Championships to be held next year in Gaborone (Botswana). 
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