New Grand Winners crowned in Dublin
Meet the new Grand Winners of Karate 1-Premier League!
The new “Best of the Best” of Karate 1-Premier League were crowned Sunday at the last event of the season being held in Dublin (Ireland). A new class of top athletes takes over and will wear the special karategi with the golden embroidery next season.
The 2023 Grand Winners are:
FEMALE KATA: Hikaru Ono (JPN)
FEMALE KUMITE -50KG: Yorgelis Salazar (VEN)
FEMALE KUMITE -55KG: Anzhelika Terliuga (UKR)
FEMALE KUMITE -61KG: Reem Khamis (GER)
FEMALE KUMITE -68KG: Elena Quirici (SUI)
FEMALE KUMITE +68KG: Ayumi Uekusa (JPN)
MALE KATA: Nishiyama Kakeru (JPN)
MALE KUMITE -60KG: Hiromu Hashimoto (JPN)
MALE KUMITE -67KG: Abdel Rahman Almasatfa (JOR)
MALE KUMITE -75KG: Quentin Mahauden (BEL)
MALE KUMITE -84KG: Mohammad Aljafari (JOR)
MALE KUMITE +84KG: Ryzvan Talibov (UKR)
No less than four karatekas get to maintain the Grand Winner award. Anzhelika Terliuga extends her domination of Female Kumite -55kg and wins the accolade of “Best of the Best” for a third consecutive season.
Venezuela’s Yorgelis Salazar also keeps the karategi with the golden embroidery one more season in Female Kumite -50kg while Kakeru Nishiyama of Japan earns his second Grand Winner in a row in Male Kata.
In one of the most thrilling highlights of the Karate 1-Premier League Dublin, Hikaru Ono of Japan maintained the Grand Winner after defeating main contender Mo Sheung Grace Lau of Hong Kong in the final of Female Kata.
After winning the Grand Winner award in 2017, 2018 and 2020, Japan’s Ayumi Uekusa recovers the “Best of the Best” recognition in Female Kumite +68kg. Also earning the title again, Elena Quirici of Switzerland reclaims the award in Female Kumite -68kg after winning the crown for the last time in 2017.
Olympian Abdel Rahman Almasatfa of Jordan leads the first-time Grand Winners crowned in Dublin. Meanwhile, Germany’s Reem Khamis who is the current continental champion and U21 World Championships runner-up confirmed her meteoric ascension to stardom with a hard-earned Grand Winner award in Female Kumite -61kg.
Jordan’s Mohammad Aljafari in Male Kumite -84kg, Ukraine’s Ryzvan Talibov in Male Kumite +84kg and promising karatekas Quentin Mahauden of Belgium in Male Kumite -75kg and Hiromu Hashimoto of Japan in Male Kumite -60kg complete the list of athletes winning the Grand Winner award for the first time.