Karate's Olympians crowned at #Karate1Moscow


Karate's Olympians crowned at #Karate1Moscow

Olympians Sandra Sanchez, Moldir Zhangbyrbay, Sofya Berultseva, Gogita Arkania and Ali Elsawy dominated the 2021 Karate 1-Premier League Moscow.

On the final day of the competition at the 2021 Karate 1-Premier League Moscow, the new heroes of the sport were crowned as they topped the podium after making history for Karate at the Olympic Games.


In an outstanding showcase of dominance, Sandra Sanchez of Spain won the title of Female Kata to become one of the stars of the tournament.

The Olympic champion continues demonstrating an impressive level. In her first appearance after the historic gold at the Olympic Games, the Kata queen controlled the competition in Moscow.

The current European, World, and Olympic title-holder defeated Sakura Kokumai of the United States in the final with a score of 28.14 to 25.8. This victory helped Sanchez to maintain the Grand Winner crown one more year.

Sandra Sanchez said:  

“I am very happy because I am able to finish the season of Karate 1-Premier League with a victory. It reinforces my expectations ahead of the World Championships and it gives me strength to continue fighting for my goal of winning the triple crown of World, European and Olympic titles in the same year.”

“In a way, I want to continue enjoying the beautiful things that the Olympics are bringing me. But the past is in the past, and I want to keep on working to achieve new challenges and to beat my own marks.”

In Male Kata, the All-Japan final went to Kakeru Nishiyama who beat team-mate Sakichi Abe by 26.92 to 26.46. It is the first Karate 1-Premier League gold for Nishiyama who had the crown at the 2019 Karate 1-Series A Istanbul as his best result.


The final of Female Kumite -50kg featured Olympians Moldir Zhangbyrbay of Kazakhstan and Bettina Plank of Austria. In a thrilling clash, the title was claimed by Zhangbyrbay who used the advantage of first unopposed point, or “Senshuu” to win the bout 5-5.

It wasn’t the only crown for the Kazakh delegation since Kaisar Alpysbay upset local favourite Evgeny Plahkhutin in the final of Male Kumite -60kg with was a convincing triumph by 5-0. 


The highlight bout of the day had Olympian Sofya Berultseva of Kazakhstan as the big star. The final of Female Kumite +68kg was a roller-coaster of emotions as Berultseva and local idol Vera Kovaleva engaged in a fantastic exchange of offensive karate actions.

Kovaleva had the victory on her hands after completing a magnificent “Ippon” by “Mawashi Geri” kick. However, Olympic Games bronze medallist Berultseva produced a sensational comeback and registered a dramatic “Ippon” and a “Wazari” to end up winning the title 9-5.  


One of the most experienced karatekas in international Karate, Gogita Arkania of Georgia used his competitive savoir-faire to win the title in Male Kumite +84kg.

The 37-year-old athlete had made history for the sport with his forceful qualification to the Olympics, and in Moscow, he upset Belarus’ Aliaksei Vodchyts 2-1. It is the second crown of the season for Arkania after the title in Lisbon.  


Egypt’s Ali Elsawy completed the list of Olympic Karate athletes winning gold at the Karate 1-Premier League Moscow. The Olympian from Egypt claimed a hard-fought victory over Yves Martial Tadissi of Hungary 2-1 in the final of Male Kumite -67kg.  

Tadissi, who nearly qualified for the Olympics after finishing in the fourth position of the Olympic Qualification tournament was overpowered by Olympian Elsawy. Two “Yuko” was all the two-time 2021 Karate 1-Premier League medallist needed to win the title in Moscow.

Ali Elsawy said:

“This gold medal is a big step for me, especially after the Olympics. I did not expect to lose at the Olympics, so winning here in Moscow gives me hope for the World Championships”.

“I was very happy to see Karate at the Olympics but I feel sad for my Olympic performance. I did not expect to lose the way I did.”

The second crown for Egyptian representatives came in Male Kumite -84kg as Youssef Badawy defeated Morocco’s Nabil Ech-Chaabi 5-0.

Egypt had more chances to claim gold in Moscow, but Olympians Abdullah Abdelaziz and Feryal Abdelaziz failed to take the titles in the finals Male Kumite -75kg and Female Kumite -68kg, respectively.

The crown of Male Kumite -75kg was claimed by Daniele de Vivo of Italy who won his first gold medal in senior categories following a 3-1 triumph in the final.

Meanwhile, Olympian Silvia Semeraro of Italy got the title in Female Kumite -68kg after winning the final bout by “Kiken” or disqualification by injury.


The home crowd in Moscow celebrated the fantastic performance of one of the most promising Russian karatekas: Anna Chernysheva.

The current European champion who also qualified to represent the sport at the Olympics produced one of the most impressive demonstrations of offensive Karate of the day as she defeated Sabina Zakharova of Kazakhstan 5-0 in Female Kumite -55kg.

Chernysheva starred in one of the Top moments of the day as she signed off an outstanding “Ippon” or three-point technique by “Ura Mawashi Geri” kick with the bout at 0.09 seconds to go.  

Anna Chernysheva said:

“This tournament made a whole difference to me because we were able to compete in front of so many people for the first time after so long. I could feel their support helping me to succeed today.”

“It is nice to hear that people think that I am Russian Karate’s most promising athlete. I feel a lot of responsibility for this and I just hope that I can return this trust with good performances on the tatami.”

The strength of Russia’s grass-root programme was also demonstrated in Female Kumite -61kg since 18-year-old Russian karateka Anastasiya Chupina added the second gold medal for the hosts today.

In one of the most spectacular bouts of the day, the young Russian karateka surprised Tjasa Ristic of Slovenia in the final of the category. Chupina performed an outstanding “Ippon” by “Ura Mawashi kick” with the bout at 0.39 seconds so to take the clash by “Senshuu” 4-4.

The list of gold medallists today is completed by the teams of Italy in both the Female and Male Team Kata categories.  

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