Germany’s Jonathan Horne became World champion (+84 kg) on Saturday in Madrid after a long quest. Steven Da Costa (-67 kg) also won the gold medal by beating Brazil’s Vinicius Figueira in the final. The French kumite team keep its title with a renewed team. Naoto Sago (-60 kg) and Ayumi Uekusa (+68 kg) won a beautiful silver medal while Rafael Aghayev (-75 kg) did not fail to add a new line to his huge list of achievements with his bronze medal.
By Ludovic Mauchien in Madrid
He did it ! Five-time European champion, 3rd in the 2008 Worlds, Germany’s Jonathan Horne defeated Iran’s defending champion, Sajad Ganjzadeh, to become the World heavyweight champion on Saturday in Madrid. Led 2-0, he launched a technique that will still talk about in ten years, Ushiro Ura Mawashi Geri, which allowed him to take the lead and finally won 5-2.
France’s Steven Da Costa will not have to wait so long. For his second Worlds, he became World champion at only 21 years by dominating Vinicius Figueira in a crazy final. 3-0 for the Brazilian, 3-3 thanks to a sweep, 5-3 for Vinicius Figueira with a Chudan Mawashi. Then the French figghter scored with Ura Mawashi to win 6-5. Karate as we like it !
In the wake, the French women’s team (Leila Heurtault, Laura Sivert, Andrea Brito and Lea Avazeri) beat Ayumi Uekusa’s Japan team in the final (2-0). After a draw by Leila Heurtault, Andrea Brito took things in hand (4-0) before Lea Avazeri concluded the story (2-0). France retains its title, the 3rd one in 5 finals !
The prize for sadness goes to Ayumi Uekusa, +68 kg reigning world champion. In the final, Greece’s Chatziliadou took her revenge from 2016 by beating her 3-0. It took long minutes for Ayumi to regain his senses and stop crying. A few hours later, she also lost the team final against France. Finally, she is the only woman fighter of these World championships to win two medals with Egypt’s Lotfy (2 bronze).
For his first international competition, the smiling and friendly Japanese Naoto Sago won a beautiful silver medal. Rather dominant in the final against Italy’s Crescenzo, he was surprised in the last seconds by a Mawashi Geri Jodan and lost 4-2.
Finally, the « King », Rafael Aghayev, recovered rather well from his defeat and went to get the world bronze medal against Uzbekistan’s Otabolaev (2-1). This is his 7th World Medal !
All the results
- Crescenzo (Ita)
- Sago (Jap)
- Assadilov (Kaz) and Ameknassi (Mar)
- S. Da Costa (Fra)
- Figueira (Bra)
- Derafshipour (Ira) and Velozo (Chi)
- Asgari (Ira)
- Busa (Ita)
- Aghayev (Aze) and Nishimura (Jap)
- Kvesic (Cro)
- Chobotar (Ukr)
- Poorshab (Ira) and Aktas (Tur)
- Horne (All)
- Ganjzadeh (Ira)
- Seck (Esp) and Yamanoglu (Tur)
- Kiyuna (Jap)
- Quintero (Spa)
- Busato (Ita) and Sofuoglu (Tur)
- Miyahara (Jap)
- Ozcelik (Tur)
- Plank (Aut) and Bahmanyar (Ira)
- Banzsczyk (Pol)
- Bitsch (Ger)
- Wen (TPE) and Goranova (Bul)
- Prekovic (Ser)
- Yin Xiaoyan (Chi)
- Sadini (Mar) and Lotfy (Egy)
- Zaretska (Aze)
- Isaeva (Rus)
- Matoub (Alg) and Kopunova (Svk)
- Chatziliadou (Gre)
- Uekusa (Jap)
- Abouel Yazed (Egy) and Antunovic (Swe)
- Spain and Egypt
- Sanchez Jaime (Spain)
- Shimizu (Jap)
- Bottaro (Ita) and Grace Lau (HK)