Japan’s Uekusa (+68 kg) will defend her title this weekend in Madrid. Germany’s Horne (+84 kg) brilliantly qualified for the first world final of his career.
In Kata, Japan’s Kiyuna will face Quintero while Spain’s Sanchez Jaime will be opposed to Shimizu. Summary of this first day.
By Ludovic Mauchien in Madrid
Unsurprisingly and logically, the Kata event will be a Hispano-Japanese duel this weekend. On the men’s side, Ryo Kiyuna will attempt to win his third World title against Damian Quintero, who will play his second straight final against the same Kiyuna. For the bronze, Germany’s Smorguner will face Italy’s Busato while Venezuela’s Diaz, World champion in 2010 and 2012, will be opposed to Turkey’s Sofuoglu. To note the beautiful performance of the French Enzo Montarello.
In women, the two-times World champion Kiyou Shimizu did not miss her appointment and will try to do the hat-trick against Spain’s Sandra Sanchez Jaime, 3rd in 2016 and current world N°1.
For the bronze, th Italy’s Bottaro will be opposed to France’s Feracci, author of a very beautiful course and Dominican’s Dimitrova to Hong Kong’s Grace Lau.
This is a completely new final which we will attend on Saturday. Croatia’s Kvesic, silver European medalist, beat Turkey’s Aktas in ½ final, will be opposed to Ukraine’s Chobotar. The latter, World n°3, dominated Kazakhstan’s Yuldashev in the semi finals.
He did it ! Jonathan Horne is in the final and he was very happy. Third in 2008, the five-time European champion had not been able to make his way ever since. It’s done in Madrid. Saturday, he will face the reigning World champion, Iran’s Ganjzadeh.
Another unseen final Russia’s Iseava, who dominated Belarus Aliakseyeva in ½ final. Zaretska of Azerbaijan beat Melnyk of Ukraine in the other ½ final. France’s Alizee Agier was surprised in the first round by Greece’s Panetsidou.
Fabulous Ayumi Uekusa ! The reigning world champion, winning 25 out of 27 tournaments in her career, Uekusa has given herself the opportunity to add a new gold line to her list. Victorious of France’s Florentin in the ½ final, she will find, as in 2016, Greece’s Chatziliadou Saturday in the final.
For bronze, Anne-Laure Florentin will face Antunovic of Sweden and Bruederlin of Switzerland will be against Egypt’sAbouel Yazed.