Japan Tops Medal Count In Madrid

Following the most attended tournament in Karate history, Japan would walk out of Madrid leading the medal count of the 2018 World Championships.

Japan would leave Spain with ten medals, four of them being gold, as Iran and France would lag behind them.

On the final day, team competition would be the focus of Sunday’s action following France winning the Female Team Kumite on Saturday. The Male Kumite would be won by Iran, with Japan winning gold in Male and Female Team Kata.

Japan’s sweep of Male and Female Team Kata would come from defeating Spain with 5-0 sets in both categories, capping a big weekend for the nation.

“As the birth-place of Karate, we could demonstrate the continued success of Japan. I hope that we can keep on improving so we can bring more success to our country,” said Ryo Kiyuna who became one of the big names of the event after taking two gold medals in individual and team competition.

Iran’s third consecutive world championship would come from a close and contentious Male Kata showdown against Turkey. Turkey would nearly pull off the biggest upset of the tournament, yet the Iranian side headed by 2017 Grand Winner Sajad Ganzjadeh bounced back and won three straight bouts for a 3-2 win.

 

Quotes Via WKF

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