Lau Pulls Upset Victory At Rabat
When the Karate 1-Premier League came to Rabat Morocco, the up and coming karatekas took steps forward to prove themselves as promising competitors such as Mo Sheung Grace Lau of Hong Kong pull upset victories at the fourth stop of the season.
Lau of Hong Kong produced one of the biggest upsets of the event, taking the title in Female Kata after edging Grand Winner Sandra Sanchez of Spain in a contentious final. The 26-year-old karateka excelled in her performance of “Chatanyara Kunshaku” kata and took her first gold by split decision 3-2.
“I am really happy because it is the first time that I win a gold medal this year. I have reached the final day three times but I could never win, so I am very happy,” said Mo Sheung Grace Lau.
With her victory in Rabat, Lau was able to avenge a loss from the Dubai final against World Ranking Sanchez.
“In Dubai (in the final against Sandra Sanchez) I made a mistake, so today I just worked on my performance. I knew that I had to do my best if I wanted to win. This victory gives me the confidence to get the best results in the next competitions, such as the rest of the Karate 1-Premier League, the Asian Games and the World Championships,” added the promising karateka.
The local fans saw amazing victory and devastating defeat in Rabat, as the Moroccan men’s Kata would pull a unanimous decision victory over the Malaysian team.
“It is great to have all the support that we have received from the organizers and from the public. It is the sixth time that I get to win at home and for me, it keeps being very special. The final was very hard because we were facing Malaysia, one of the best teams. However, we were focused and we performed at a great level,” said Mohammed El Hanni.
Yet, for the female team, Khaoula Ouhammad would fall in the final of Female Kumite -50kg to Japan’s Miho Miyahara by ‘Hansoku’ or disqualification for accumulated infractions. Ouhammad would control the fight, but exceeded the count of infringements in the bout and ended with the silver medal for the host nation.
The final of Female Kata team also go the wrong way for the host nation as Turkey upset Morocco (4-1)
Information provided by the wKF.