Japan prevail in Karate 1 Series A Athens
The 2023 Karate 1-Series A Athens concluded Sunday. The Japanese delegation was able to top the medal table of the event after winning six gold medals.
JAPAN TAKE HOME SIX TITLES
The two gold medals in individual Kata went to Japan, as the two finals of the category had karatekas of the birth nation of the sport competing for the title.
Mirisa Ohuchi won the crown in Female Kata after beating teammate Haya Horiba, with scores of 44.3 to 42.2. In Male Kata, the title was claimed by Aoi Funada who upset Yuto Akiyoshi, also from Japan, with scores of 44.4 to 42.4.
The gold medals in Male and Female Team Kata were taken by Kuwait and Spain respectively.
The Japanese delegation claimed four gold medals in Kumite today. Tsubasa Kama extended the gold medal count for Japan with her title in Female Kumite -68kg. The Japanese karateka upset Mia Greta Zorko of Croatia 2-0.
The title in Male Kumite -60kg was claimed by Hiromu Hashimoto who took a convincing 8-1 victory over Italy’s Carmine Luciano.
Also with a compelling triumph (6-2), Yugo Kozaki took the fifth title for Japan after defeating Joaquim Mendes of Portugal in the final of Male Kumite -67kg.
The final of Male Kumite -84kg saw Japan clashing against hosts of Greece, with the title going to Japan’s Junya Eto over local hopeful Konstantinos Mastrogiannis (3-1).
HOSTS CELEBRATE TWO GOLD MEDALS
The organizing nation had reasons to celebrate as local athletes took the flag of the host country to the top of the podium. Konstantina Chrysopoulou won gold for Greece in Female Kumite -61kg after beating Sarara Shimada of Japan 3-1 in the final.
The second crown for Greece was taken by Kyriaki Kydonaki in Female Kumite +68kg. The current EKF Championships bronze medallist defeated Kelara Madani of the United States in the final 4-0.
BIG UPSETS IN ATHENS
Catarina Rodrigues of Portugal caused one of the big upsets of the day as she defeated Sara Tsutsumi of Japan in Female Kumite -50kg. The 2020 U21 EKF Championships runner-up edged Tsutsumi in the final 3-3.
The title in Female Kumite -55kg went also away from Japan since Syria Mancinelli of Italy upset Japan’s Airi Shima. The Italian karateka won the final 4-0.
Meanwhile, in Male Kumite -75kg, Abdelkarim Asaas of Morocco beat local hopeful Theocharis Giannakos and took the crown following a slim 2-1 triumph in the final.
The all-Bosnian final of Male Kumite +84kg was taken by Anes Bostandzic who beat teammate Sandro Kresic 4-0.
The Karate 1-Series A travels now to Konya (Turkiye) where the second event of the season will be held from March 10 to 12.
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