Bottaro Nets Upset In Istanbul
While the Turkish natives would only get to see their host nation on the top of the podium once, The Karate 1-Premier League event in Instanbul provided some big upsets and major moments.
Bottaro of Italy would produce the biggest upset when she would stymie Japanese kareteka, Kiyou Shimizu. The Italian star would edge Shimizu by a score of 3-2, and would break a year long medal drought for the 30 year old Bottaro.
“I am so, so happy! Kiyou Shimizu is a big champion and I have always admired her, so it makes me extremely happy that I could finally defeat her. This is the reward for so much effort and so many sacrifices that I have made. I would like to dedicate this medal to my family, my boyfriend, and to all the staff of the Italian team that have helped me so much to be here,” said Bottaro.
While Japan would take a loss in that final, the Male Kata would feature two Japanese teammates, as world champion Ryo Kiyuna would best Kazumasa Moto by split decision. This would be the second gold medal for Kiyuna for the 2018 Karate 1-Premier league season, and his 18th consecutive medal in international competition.
It would not go as well for the host nation, as Eray Samdan would fall in the gold medal match of the Male Kumite -60kg, to Amir Medizadeh. The Iranian world champion would trounce Samdan 3-1 in the final and score early with a Wazari and a Yuko, to set up for another gold medal for Medizadeh.
The Turkish fans would get to hear their flat on the top of the podium as Merve Coban would earn gold in the Female Kumite -61Kg. The Turkish karateka would take a decision victory against Alisa Buchinger, as she and the Austiran would end up tying 1-1.