Powerhouse nations prevail in Day 1 of #Karate1Acapulco
The 2022 Karate 1-Youth League Acapulco began Friday with an intense opening day that crowned the future stars of the sport in junior categories.
With the junior divisions taking the spotlight on Day 1 of action from Acapulco, powerhouse nations of the sport demonstrated the strength of their grassroots programmes with gold medals today.
Representatives of the United States, Germany, and Chile finished the day with two gold medals each. The delegation of the United States showcased efficiency on the opening day with two golds to a total of 10 medals. Tapia Rodrigo Alejandro Madrid opened the gold medal count for the USA with his triumph in Junior Kata Male. Teammate Eduard Sagilyan added the second title of the day in Junior Kumite Male +76kg in an All-USA final against teammate Ian Crumrine.
The German team also claimed two golds on day 1 as Simon Schmitz dominated in Junior Kumite Male -76kg, and Douaa Rabhi took the title in Junior Kumite Female -53kg.
Meanwhile, Chilean karatekas also had plenty of reasons to celebrate since Magdalena Godoy won the crown in Junior Kumite Female -48kg, and Bastian Arce Zuniga prevailed in Junior Kumite Male -55kg.
Hosts of Mexico also finished the day on a high note since Mayra Emily Viera Hernandez took the first gold for the organising nation in Junior Kata Female.
The list of medallists on day 1 of #Karate1Acapulco is completed with Mia Cacko (CRO) in Junior Kumite Female -59kg, Maria Alejandra Agudelo (COL) in Junior Kumite Female +59kg, Raphael Batlo (FRA) in Junior Kumite Male -61kg, and Guilherme Goncalves (POR) in Junior Kumite Male -68kg.
The competition continues Saturday with day 2 of action. CLICK HERE to go to the Karate 1-Youth League Acapulco micro-site.