Sanchez & Kiyuna Dominate In Paris
On Sunday, Karate’s best headlined the final day of the 2020 Karate 1-Premier League’s return to Paris inside the Stade Pierre de Coubertin Sports Hall.
The season’s opening affair in Paris saw a Cinderella story in Italy’s Vivian Bottaro, who made her way into the finals against current Grand Winner and world champion, Sanda Sanchez of Spain.
While Bottaro showed grit and determination by getting to the finals, she was no match for Sanchez, who locked in a gold medal with her presentation of the “Chantanyara Kushanku” kata for a score of 28.4, while Bottaro scored just 27.0. The victory is not only Sanchez’s 14th gold medal in the Karate 1-Premier League but her first victory in the league’s annual stop in Paris.
Another of the sport’s top competitors shined under the bright lights of Paris, as Ryo Kiyuna claimed another title. Kiyuna dominated the field in 2019 by claiming six of seven possible first place finishes, and started off a new decade in similar fashion defeating Damian Quintero of Spain in the finals of the Male Kata.
Ryo Kiyuna said in an article published by the World Karate Federation: “I feel very good with this victory. My performance went well but I think I still can improve
The Karate 1-Premier League returns to action in February, as they make their way to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.