WKF World Ranking Update: Karate Stars Headline Ranking Before Summer Break

2024-07-10

WKF World Ranking Update: Karate Stars Headline Ranking Before Summer Break

As the summer break approaches, the World Karate Federation (WKF) World Ranking highlights the most successful karate athletes of the season so far, based on their performances in major events. The next significant event in the senior divisions is the Karate 1-Series A in Salzburg, scheduled from September 13 to 15. Here is a detailed look at the current leaders in each category.

Female Kata: Mo Sheung Grace Lau Leads

Mo Sheung Grace Lau of Hong Kong leads the Female Kata category, having won medals in all four major events this year, including a gold at the Karate 1-Premier League in Antalya. She is poised to be a top contender at the AKF Senior Championships in China this September. Kiri Mishima and Hikaru Ono of Japan follow in second and third places, trailing by over 2000 points.

 

Female Kumite -50kg: Yorgelis Salazar Continues on Top

Yorgelis Salazar of Venezuela tops the Female Kumite -50kg ranking. Despite narrowly missing the Grand Winner award, she has secured four medals this season, with golds in the Karate 1-Premier League events in Paris and Casablanca. New Grand Winner Moldir Zhangbyrbay of Kazakhstan and Egypt's Reem Ahmed Salama hold the second and third spots.

 

 

Female Kumite -55kg: Anzhelika Terliuga Maintains Top Position

Anzhelika Terliuga of Ukraine leads the Female Kumite -55kg category. The three-time continental champion maintains her position despite not winning any medals this season. Germany’s Mia Bitsch is second, trailing by 455 points, while new Grand Winner Valentina Toro of Chile is third, 1005 points behind Terliuga.

 

Female Kumite -61kg: Grand Winner Reem Khamis Uses Karate 1 Success to Lead

Germany’s Reem Khamis, the newly proclaimed Grand Winner, leads the Female Kumite -61kg category. She has had a remarkable season with four medals in five events, including a gold at the Karate 1-Premier League Cairo. World Champion Li Gong of China and Tunisia’s Wafa Mahjoub are in second and third places, respectively.

 

Female Kumite -68kg: Grand Winner Elena Quirici Remains the Leader

Elena Quirici of Switzerland, an Olympian and Grand Winner, leads the Female Kumite -68kg category. She won golds at the Karate 1-Premier League events in Casablanca and Antalya and took silver at the EKF Continental Championships. World champion Irina Zaretska of Azerbaijan and France's Alizee Agier hold the second and third positions, respectively.

 

Female Kumite +68kg: Maria Torres Claims Top Position

Maria Torres of Spain, the new Grand Winner, leads the Female Kumite +68kg category. She has earned three medals in five appearances so far, including a gold at the Karate 1-Premier League Paris. Olympian Sofya Berultseva of Kazakhstan and Johanna Kneer of Germany are in second and third places, with 150 and 690 points behind the leader, respectively.

 

Male Kata: Kakeru Nishiyama Extends Domination of Category

Japan's Kakeru Nishiyama leads the Male Kata category as the Grand Winner, having won gold in all four events this season. The current World Championships bronze medallist will aim for his third continental title in September. Olympian Ariel Torres of the United States and World Champion Ali Sofuoglu of Turkey complete the top three.

 

Male Kumite -60kg: Christos-Stefanos Xenos is the Leader

Christos-Stefanos Xenos of Greece, the current World Champion, leads the Male Kumite -60kg category with three medals this season, including a continental title in Zadar. Abdullah Shaaban of Kuwait and Grand Winner Hiromu Hashimoto of Japan hold the second and third positions.

 

Male Kumite -67kg: Grand Winner Said Oubaya Climbs to Top Position

Morocco's Said Oubaya, the new Grand Winner, leads the Male Kumite -67kg category with titles in the Karate 1-Premier League events in Paris and Antalya and a silver at the continental championships. Olympian Abdel Rahma Almasatfa of Jordan and Didar Amirali of Kazakhstan follow in second and third places.

 

Male Kumite -75kg: Grand Winner Abdalla Abdelaziz Shows Impressive Domination of Category

Abdalla Abdelaziz of Egypt, an Olympian and Grand Winner, dominates the Male Kumite -75kg category with golds in all major events since August 2023. The Olympian has taken the top position of the podium in all five appearances this season so far, thus clearly ruling the division.  Enzo Berthon of France and Andrii Zaplitnyi of Ukraine are far behind in second and third places, respectively.

 

Male Kumite -84kg: World Champion Youssef Badawy Keeps Control of Division

Egypt’s Youssef Badawy, the new Grand Winner and current World champion, leads the Male Kumite -84kg category with golds at the Karate 1-Premier League Antalya and the continental championship. Mohammad Aljafari of Jordan and Konstantinos Mastrogiannis of Greece are in second and third places, respectively.

 

Male Kumite +84kg: Grand Winner Taha Tarek Mahmoud Reaches Top

Taha Tarek Mahmoud of Egypt, the new Grand Winner, leads the Male Kumite +84kg category with finals appearances in all major events this season, including a gold at the Karate 1-Premier League Paris. World Champion Mehdi Filali of France and Ukraine's Ryzvan Talibov follow in the rankings.

 

As the athletes prepare for the second part of the season starting in September at the Karate 1-Series A Salzburg, the WKF World Ranking reflects their outstanding performances and sets the stage for an exciting second half of the year.

 

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