Jana Messerschmidt leads Karate stars shinning in Day 2 of EuroKarate2021
The Olympic quest continued on the second day of the 2021 European Karate Championships
The Olympic quest continued on the second day of Karate action of the 2021 European Karate Championships. Jana Messerschmidt of Germany became the big winner of the day as her qualification to the final puts her on the path to the ticket to the Olympic Games
JANA MESSERSCHMIDT’S GIANT LEAP TOWARDS TOKYO 2020
Germany’s Jana Messerschmidt was on stellar mode today to qualify for the final of Female Kumite -55kg. The number 5 in the Olympic standings paved her way to earning the ticket to the Games by standings after making it to the last round of the competition.
The current World Championships runner-up claimed a comfortable victory over Azerbaijan’s Ilaha Gasimova in the semi-finals 5-1.
The strength of Karate’s uprising stars was confirmed on the other side of the pool as 19-year-old Anna Chernyseva of Russia surprised favourites with her qualification to the final. The current U21 European Championships silver medallist upset Sara Cardin of Italy in the semi-finals 5-3.
“I felt stronger and faster as the tournament progressed. I am very happy especially with my performance in the semi-finals. I was down on the scoreboard and I had to come back from behind. When the bout finished and I realised that I was in the final, I felt like if I was flying in the clouds,” said Chernysheva.
“I am very happy to be in the final. The semi-final was very difficult but now I focus on winning the final. I don’t think much about the Olympic qualification. I am here and I want to be the European champion. I want to enjoy being in the final,” said Messerschmidt.
SERAP OZCELIK ARAPOGLU SHOWS TOP FORM
After taking gold at the Karate 1-Premier League Istanbul, Serap Ozcelik Arapoglu continued ruling the category of Female Kumite -50kg with another qualification to the final. The current European Championships bronze medallist and World Ranking leader defeated rival and close friend Alexandra Recchia of France 5-0 to claim her eleventh consecutive continental medal.
“In Lisbon, at the Karate 1-Premier League I made several mistakes but today I made sure that I didn’t repeat those mistakes. I am happy to be in the final. I hope to win gold on Sunday,” said Serap Ozcelik Arapoglu.
The final of Female Kumite -50kg will be a repetition of the title-deciding clash of Karate 1-Premier League Istanbul. Silver medallist in Istanbul Shara Hubrich of Germany qualified to her first senior continental final after beating Kateryna Kriva of Ukraine 4-0.
RUSSIA VS GREECE IN MALE KUMITE -67KG
The final of Male Kumite -67kg will have Evgeny Plakhutin of Russia fighting for gold against Dionysios Xenos of Greece.
Plakhutin is the current European champion and used his title-holder status to fight for his second consecutive continental title. The Russian karateka edged Burak Uygur of Turkey by “Hantei” or decision 1-1.
Meanwhile, Dionysios Xenos surprised favourites and qualified for his first-ever continental final. The two-time underage European Championships medallist upset local hopeful Boran Berak 3-2 in the semi-finals.
KALVIS KALNINS STRIKES BACK
Fresh off his silver medal in Lisbon, Kalvis Kalnins of Latvia showed strength to qualify for his second consecutive final on the international stage this year. The winner of the European Games beat Florian Haas of Germany 4-1 in the semi-finals.
The category of Male Kumite -60kg will see Eray Samdan of Turkey clashing for gold. The fourth-placed in the Olympic standings, who barely missed the ticket to the Games defeated Danilo Greco of Italy 7-1.
The competition day was completed with the Team Kata and Team Kumite competitions. Italy versus Spain and Spain versus Turkey are the finals of Female Team Kata and Male Team Kata, respectively while the finalists of Team Kumite will be decided on Friday.
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