Up-and-coming karatekas show strength on day 1 of #Karate1Jakarta
The last Karate 1-Series A event of the season started today in Jakarta (Indonesia). Promising karatekas and representatives of Japan were the big winners on the opening day of the competition.
JAPAN IMPRESS IN KATA AND KUMITE
Emiri Iwamoto of Japan confirmed her status as the main favourite to take the title since she qualified for the final after dominating the last round. The three-time Karate 1-Premier League winner and former continental champion topped the last pool with a score of 25.48.
The final of Female Kata will be an All-Japan affair as the other spot in the title-deciding bout is taken by Saeko Azuma. In her second international appearance, Azuma prevailed in the final pool with a score of 26.12.
The Kata categories were completed today with the Male Team Kata division. The title will stay in Indonesia as the two squads from the organising countries will fight for gold.
The Japanese delegation not only celebrated success in Kata. The final of Male Kumite -84kg will also have two competitors from the birth nation of the sport clashing for gold. Yori Muta who is the current World Championships bronze medallist qualified for the final after claiming a convincing 4-0 triumph over Iran’s Seyed Reza Khoshkalam.
Teammate Rikito Shimada prevailed on the other side of the pool following a 2-1 victory over Kostiantyn Tsymbal of Ukraine.
The third category with Japanese karatekas in the final is Male Kumite +84kg. Fumiya Yoshimura will fight to take the flag of the Asian nation to the top of the podium after making it to his first final in international competitions. The young Japanese karateka beat Athanasios Koukouritakis of Greece 2-0.
His rival in the final is Rijad Dzuho of Bosnia and Herzegovina who reached his first Karate 1 final following an outstanding 7-0 victory over Sudhir Sehrawat of India.
ONE MORE FINAL FOR INDONESIA
Hosts of Indonesia had more reasons to celebrate as Dessynta Rakawuni Banurea qualified for the title-deciding bout of Female Kumite +68kg. The former continental championships bronze medallist made it to the gold-medal clash after beating Amirah Syahirah Azlan of Malaysia 5-0.
The local hopeful will meet Hannah Sullivan of Australia in the final. The current continental champion reached her first Karate 1 title bout as she defeated Nikola Bartha of Hungary 2-0.
TALENTED YOUNG KARATEKAS SURPRISE IN FEMALE KUMITE -68KG
Up-and-coming karatekas succeeded in Female Kumite -68kg. Two promising athletes surprised favourites and will fight for the title. Laura Alikul of Kazakhstan made it to the title-deciding bout of her first senior international appearance after defeating local hopeful Devi Trianna of Indonesia 3-1.
Meanwhile, Sara Deuble of Switzerland reached her first international final in two appearances following a 2-1 victory over Mandy Yap of Australia.
UNIVERSALITY OF KARATE DEMONSTRATED IN MALE KUMITE -75KG
Karate’s global reach is further showcased in Jakarta as the final of Male Kumite -75kg will have Mohamed Abudabous of Libya and Hamza Turulja of Bosnia and Herzegovina fighting for gold.
The Libyan karateka reached his first final in two international appearances after beating Davut Nazmyradov of Turkmenistan 3-1. Meanwhile, 5th-placed in EKF Championships Hamza Turulja beat Oleksandr Karas of Ukraine 3-1 to make it to the final.
The Karate 1-Series A Jakarta continues Saturday with day 2 of the competition. The medal bouts on Sunday will be available live on the WKF YouTube channel. Subscribe to the WKF YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.
(Pictures: Gökhan Taner)