Japan, Ukraine, Turkey Dominate In Rabat
On Sunday, the WKF’s Premier League would see the Ukraine and Turkey rise above and dominate the final day of the Karate 1-Premier League’s return to Rabat (Morocco).
While Ukrainian and Turksh karateka would set the pace for the third stop of the Karate 1-Premier League, Japan would take two gold medals on the tournament’s final day.
Kiyou Shimizu and Ryo Kiyuna would win the men and women’s kata against Spanish rivals Sandra Sanchez and Damian Quintero.
The margin would be thin for Shimizu, as she would clinch her medal with a score of 27.48, beating Sanchez who would finish with a score of 27.26.
It would be a clearer victory for Kiyuna, as he would outscore Quintero 28.2-26.88.
Serap Ozcelik of Turkey would take the Female Kumite at -55KG, her third straight win in the Premier League this year.
“I am very happy because I could get my third gold medal in Karate 1-Premier League this year. I really want to be Grand Winner again and I hope I can win all the Karate 1-Premier League tournaments,” said Ozcelik.
Anzhelika Terliuga would also snag gold, being able to outscore Tzu-Yun Wen of Chinese Taipei, taking her division’s crown 5-2.
“It is great to take the gold medal. This year, I will give all that I have to win as many tournaments as possible because last year I lost the Grand Winner title and I really want to take the award back. I was very sad at the World Championships, but I am back now. I want to be Grand Winner again and I want to take the first place in the Olympic standings,” said Terliuga.
Initial Report: WKF