Turkey And France Impress In Tokyo Finale
On Sunday, the 2018 Karate 1-Premier League would finalize its season as the top karateka from around the world would look to impress and take the gold in Tokyo.
While the host nation would take five gold medals in the competition, France and Turkey would have their athletes showcase top form over the weekend. Ugur Aktas, Eray Samdan and Burak Uygur would walk out with three gold medals for Turkey, as Samdan would stop France’s Kajith Kangasingam in the finals of the -60kg Male Kumite, Uygur would earn gold in the -67kg Male Kumite as Hiroto Shinohara would no-show the match, while Aktas would stop Japanese karateka Rikito Shimoda.
“I really wanted to win gold here. I had studied my opponent, and when the bout started, I felt really good, so I am happy that I could get the gold medal,” said Ugur Aktas who was proclaimed new Grand Winner. “It is great to be a Grand Winner. It means that you have to perform at a great level throughout the year. It gives me the confidence to continue next year and to keep getting more points for the Olympic standings,” added the Turkeish karateka.
It would be three female French karatekas who’d take victory on Sunday, as Gwendoline Phillippe would stop Aleandra Grande in the Female Kumite -61kg final, Alizee Aiger would take the -68kg Female Kumite in a 1-0 shutout of Elena Quirici, Nancy Garcia would round it out for France, as she’d top world champion Ayumi Uekusa.
The host nation would not disappoint as Japan would take 24 medals in Tokyo, headlined by five gold medals taken on Sunday. Miho Miyahara would take victory in the -50KG Female Kumite, Shiori Nakamura would sweep Kazakhstan’s Sabina Zakharova by 6-0 in a demonstration of offensive karate.
With the final being from Hideyoshi Kagawa, who’d blank Gogita Arkania 2-0, to topple the Georgian in the finals of the +84kg Male Kumite.
Initial Report: World Karate Federation