Continental Championships

Kings and queens of African Karate crowned in Tangier

2020-02-09

Kings and queens of African Karate crowned in Tangier

The new heroes of African Karate were crowned on the final day of the 2020 UFAK Senior & Junior Championships being held in Tangier (Morocco). Giana Lotfy of Egypt, Adnane Elhakimi of Morocco and Feryal Abdelaziz of Egypt were among the stars of the closing day of the tournament. 

The new heroes of African Karate were crowned on the final day of the 2020 UFAK Senior & Junior Championships being held in Tangier (Morocco). Giana Lotfy of Egypt, Adnane Elhakimi of Morocco and Feryal Abdelaziz of Egypt were among the stars of the closing day of the tournament.

Moroccan athletes continued their outstanding performance at home and added three gold medals today. Hosts topped the medal table with a tally of 36 medals including 14 golds. Abdessalam Ameknassi took the crown in Male Kumite -67kg after beating favourite Ali Elsawy of Egypt (4-1) as Aicha Sayah shocked favourite Radwa Sayed of Egypt in the final of Female Kumite -50kg (1-0).



The title in Male Kata went to local hopeful Adnane Elhakimi who used the support from the stands to defeat Ahmed Shawky of Egypt in the final (score of 26.48 for the Moroccan athlete and 25.66 for the Egyptian representative). It is the second consecutive continental crown for the Moroccan karateka.

GIANA LOTFY LEADS EGYPTIAN DELEGATION

Egypt also celebrated victories today as the representatives of the powerhouse nation finished the event with 11 golds to a total of 39 medals. Mamduh Abdalla Abdelaziz claimed the title in Male Kumite -75kg as the current U21 World Championships bronze medallist defeated Yassine Sekouri of Morocco 4-1. Meanwhile, Feryal Abdelaziz used her rising star status to add the continental crown to her U21 World title following a convincing 5-1 victory over Lamya Matoub of Algeria in the final of Female Kumite -68kg.



One of the biggest stars of the event, two-time World champion Giana Lotfy of Egypt continued her outstanding domination of the category of Female Kumite -61kg. The Egyptian star took her third consecutive continental title in a powerful demonstration of abilities. Lotfy defeated Bitssam Sadini of Morocco by ?Hantei? or decision and becomes one of the most awarded African athletes.

AFRICAN NATION OF THE RISE

Other African nations took the spotlight today. Nader Azzouzi of Tunisia claimed the title in Male Kumite -60kg after edging Oussama Edari of Morocco (2-1) while Widad Draou of Algeria won gold in Female Kumite -55kg in a thrilling final bout against local hopeful Khawla Ouhammad (4-4). The second title for Algerian representatives was claimed by Loubna Mekdas who took the crown in Female Kumite +68kg over Morocco?s Fatima Zahra Errabi (4-3). Thameur Slimani became continental champion in Male Kumite -84kg over Egypt?s Mohamed Ramadan while Hocine Daikhi of Algeria claimed gold in Male Kumite +84kg after beating Taha Tarek Mahmoud of Egypt (2-1).



Manal Kamilia Hadj Said of Algeria produced one of the biggest upsets of the day as she surprised favourites to become new continental champion in Female Kata. The Algerian karateka who had taken the continental title in 2017 beat front-runner Sarah Sayed of Egypt in the final after excelling in her performance of ?Sansai? kata (score of 26.22 for 25.42 of Sayed?s)

Senegal and Algeria won the crowns in Female and Male Team Kumite respectively thus completing the memorable event in Tangier.

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(Pictures: Fédération Royale Marocaine de Karaté et Disciplines Associées @frmk.da)