Ukrainian karatekas take lead on day 1 of #Karate1Porec


Ukrainian karatekas take lead on day 1 of #Karate1Porec

The 2023 Karate 1-Youth League Porec started Thursday with U21 categories taking the stage. The representatives of Ukraine prevailed on the opening day after winning three gold medals.

Ukraine’s Valeriia Sergaieva opened the gold medal count for the powerhouse nation of the sport following a convincing 9-1 victory over Germany’s Seden Bugur in U21 Kumite Female -50kg.


The second gold of the day for Ukraine came in U21 Kumite Female -61kg. Natalia Osadchuk beat Mar Trenado Martinez of Spain by a slim 3-2 in the final and wins her first title in Karate 1-Youth League after taking silver at the 2023 EKF U21 Championships.


In U21 Kumite Female -68kg, the crown also went to Ukraine since Elina Sieliemienieva used her favourite status to win the gold medal over Kazakhstan’s Nuriya Tizimbay (8-0). It is the second title of the season for Sieliemienieva who also prevailed in A Coruna.


Ukraine could have had one more title today, but Sophie Bao Bednarski of Sweden upset Yuliia Rusu in the final of U21 Kumite +68kg by “Hantei” or decision (0-0).


Belgium’s Chiara Manca took the crown in U21 Female Kata after beating Natacha Fernandes of Portugal, with scores of 42.0 and 41.7. Manca claims her first Karate 1-Youth League gold after winning silver last year in Porec.


Meanwhile, the title in U21 Kumite Male -84kg was also taken by a representative of Belgium. Danyl Anisimov beat Kosovo’s Melos Gashi 3-3. 


The All-Italian final of U21 Male Kata was claimed by Guido Polsinelli who defeated teammate Andrea Gaglio. The scores in the final were 42.4 to 40.7.


In a showcase of the global impact of the sport among youngsters, the title in U21 Kumite Female -55kg travelled to Chinese Taipei as Tzu-Yun Chen defeated Poland’s Kseniya Dronchanka in the final 3-1.


Poland bounced back from this defeat and Dominik Dziuda took the flag of the European country to the top of the podium in U21 Kumite Male -67kg. The current EKF U21 Championships runner-up beat Amirreza Borzooeichaghagolani of Iran 3-0.


The powerhouse nation of France also had reasons to celebrate today. Ahmed El Amine Hellal became the champion in U21 Kumite Male -60kg following a 2-0 triumph over Azerbaijan’s Farid Savadov, while Ryan Gari took the crown in U21 Kumite Male -75kg after defeating Slovakia’s Maros Janovcik 2-0.


The final of U21 Kumite Male +84kg was a Czech affair, as two competitors from the European nation met for the title. The crown was claimed by Ondrej Bosak who defeated teammate Jachym Tinavsky 2-0.


(Pictures: Croatian Karate Union)