KARATE – Madrid 2018 : Figueira in the final, Aghayev for the bronze !

KARATE - Madrid 2018 : en finale, Aghayev pour le bronze

KARATE - Madrid 2018 : en finale, Aghayev pour le bronze

The smile of Vinicius Figueira (-67 kg) was very nice to look ! The Brazilian fighter qualified for the World championships final for the first time in his career. In -75 kg, Rafael Aghayev had to bow in ½ final against Busa. He will compete for bronze on Saturday. A lot of surprises occured on this day 2.

 

By Ludovic Mauchien in Madrid

 

-60 kg

Two-times World champion (2012, 2016) and two-times Asian champion (2015, 2017), Amir Mehdizadeh was surprised by Morocco’s Ameknassi (9-4) in the round of 16. It’s finally two ousiders who will be in the final. Japan’s Sago, for his first participation, beat Kazakhstan’s Assadilov in the semi-final and will be opposed to Italy’s Crescenzo who dominated Saymatov of Uzbekistan in ¼ finals and Ameknassi in the semi final. For bronze, Assadilov will fight against Latvia’s Kalnins and Ameknassi against Venezuela’s Martinez.

 

-67 kg

He was great ! Vinicius Figueira did not leave a shadow of luck to his opponents at the Wizink Center in Madrid. Winner of Hungary’s Tadissi, he then beat Chili’s Velozo in the ½ final. Saturday, in the final, he will face for the first time Steven Da Costa. The Frenchman qualified by beating the 2014 World champion, William Rolle, who fought under the colors of Cameroon. In the semi finals, he defeated Iran’s Derafshipour.

Great disappointment however for the two-times European champion and favorite for the title, Turkey’s Burak Uygur. Winner of the reigning World champion, England’s Jordan Thomas in the first round, he then fell to Azerbaijan’s Hasanov. For bronze, Derafshipour will meet Spain’s Cuerva and Velozo will face Jordan’s Almasatfa.

 

-75 kg

Rafael Aghayev will not be champion for the 6th in 2018. The Azerbaijan champion, solid all day, fell in the semi-final against his eternal opponent, Italy’s Busa, in the remake of the 2012 final (2-1). For the bronze medal, he will face Uzbekistan’s Otabolaev.

On the other side, Iran’s Asgari, winner of Japan’s Nishimura at the flags in the quarter-finals and Russia’s Mizov in the semi-final, is the one who will give the change to Busa. For bronze, Mizov will be opposed to Nishimura.

 

-50 kg

Serap Ozcelik vs Miho Miyahara. The final is quite beautiful. It will opposed the 2014 World champion to the 2016 silver World medalist. The reigning world champion, Alexandra Recchia of France, was dominated at her first fight by Kazakhstan’s Zhangbyrbay. For the bronze medal, Austria’s Plank will fight against Croatia’s Pehar, while Russia’s Rybalchenko will be opposed to Iran’s Bahmanyar.

 

-55kg

Uunprecedented and unpredictable fFinal ! It will oppose the surprising young Polish Banaszczyk, winner of Italy’s Sara Cardin in the quarter-finals and Japan’s Yamada in the semi-final, to Germany’s Jana Bitsch, winner of Russia’s Alekhina in the semi-finals. On her side, Brazil’s Valeria Kumizaki lost in the first round against Serbia’s Dormis (0-0, decision). For the bronze win, Yamada will face Bulgaria’s Goranova and Alekhina Taipei’s Wen Tzu-Yun.

 

-61 kg

The final will oppose pit Serbia’s Precovic to Xiao Yan of China. If, for the latter, it is not a big surprise since she is World n°1, it is one for the Serbian fighter even if she was European champion in 2017.

Precovic dominated Egypt’s two-time World champion Gianna Lofty in the ¼ finals, followed by Turkey’s Coban in the semi-finals ! On her side, Xiao Yan dominated Italy’s Pasqua in the semi-final. For the bronze medal, Pasqua will face Morocco’s Sadini while Coban will fight Lotfy. France’s Gwendoline Philippe was dominated in the first round by Egypt’s Lofty.