Two gold medals for Mexico on day 2 of #Karate1Merida


Two gold medals for Mexico on day 2 of #Karate1Merida

The second day of the 2023 Karate 1-Youth League Merida put Junior categories in the spotlight. Hosts of Mexico claimed two gold medals as the celebration of the positive impact of Karate among youngsters continued.

Lizette Basilisa Valentin Garcia opened the gold medal count for the organising nation with the title of Junior Female Kumite -66kg. Teammate Jesus Francisco Garcia Garcia extended the success of the host country as he took the crown in Junior Kumite Male -76kg.

The representatives of Slovakia also had a successful day in Merida with two gold medals. Veronika Jalowiczorova won the title in Junior Kumite Female -48kg, and Lukas Bohunicky prevailed in Junior Kumite Male +76kg.

The universality of Karate continued to be showcased on day 2 since no less than 10 different countries went home with gold medals.

In Kata divisions, the titles went to Venezuela and Portugal. Diana Valentina Oligino Redondo won the crown for Venezuela in Junior Kata Female as Joao Vieira added one more title for Portugal in Junior Kata Male.

The powerhouse nation of Turkiye also had reasons to celebrate today as Buse Kilic claimed the crown in Junior Kumite Female -53kg. Another leading nation such as France also opened their gold medal count with the title by Sydney Yvon in Junior Kumite Female -59kg.

Amanda Moreno of Costa Rica surprised in Junior Kumite Female +66kg while Florian Obitz of Germany dominated Junior Kumite Male -55kg. Continental champion Matt Rombeaux of Belgium prevailed in Junior Kumite Male -61kg as Benjamin Packwood of Scotland took the title of Junior Kumite Male -68kg.

The competition continues Saturday with the third day of action from Merida.  

(Pictures: Ivan Lopez / FEMEKA)