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KARATE - Paris Premier League / Ayumi Uekusa en finale

Two defeats in two finals in a World championship, individual and team. It was in Madrid last November. She was disconcerted, saddened, dazed. Then she worked, hard, very hard. Three months later, Japan’s Ayumi Uekusa qualified for the final of the Paris Open Premier League. « I am very, very happy. I was very disappointed by my Worlds. And, in addition, it’s always a pleasure to be in the final in Paris », she said in the wake of her qualification. She will fight France’s Nancy Garcia, already finalist last year and, moreover, her winner in the final in Tokyo last October.

In -61 kg, the Grand Winner 2018 resumes her good habits. Gwendoline Philippe reached again the final of a Premier League after having, in particular, dominated her fellow team World champion, Laura Sivert, in the semi-final. She will fight Egypt’s Gianna Lotfy for a rematch of the World championships.

Meanwhile, Germany’s Johanna Kneer (-68 kg), beaten in the 3rd round by the running European champion and future finalist, Switzerland’s Quirici, has gone through the repechage and will play the bronze medal match against Egypt’s Abdelaziz. As France’s Mehdi Filali (+84 kg), finalist last year. He lost in the quarter-final against Iran’s Abazari. For bronze, he will be opposed to Belarus Vodochyts.

 

Finals and matches for bronze (Sunday)

 

Men

-60kg

Final : Crescenzo (Ita) vs Hassaniaideilami (Ira)

Bronze : Albasher (Ksa) vs Assadilov (Kaz) and Plakhutin (Rus) vs Martinez (Ven)

 

67kg

Final : Steven Da Costa (Fra) vs Lucas Maresca (Ita)

Bronze : Zakaria (Mar) vs Amirali (Kaz) and Muratov (Kaz) vs D’Onofrio (Ita)

 

75kg

Finale : Aghayev (Aze) vs Nishimura (Jap)

Bronze : Horuna (Ukr) vs Scott (Usa) and Asiabari (Ira) vs Sakiama (Jap)

 

-84 kg

Finale : Anton (Blr) vs Ghararizadeh (Ira)

Bronze : Shimada (Jap) vs Poorshab (Ira) and Aktas (Tur) vs Ahmed Ramadan (Egy)

 

+84 kg

Final : Arbazari (Ira) vs Arkania (Geo)

Bronze : Ganjzadeh (Ira) vs Mahmoud (Egy) and Vodochyts (Blr) vs Filali (Fra)

 

Kata

Final : Kiyuna (Jap) vs Quintero (Spa)

Bronze : Moto (Jap) vs Horiba (Jap) and Arata (Jap) vs Shimbaba (Jap)

 

Femmes

50kg

Final : Miyahara (Jap) vs Ozcelik (Tur)

Bronze : Perfetto (Ita) vs Da Paula (Bra) and Hubrich (Ger) vs Salama (Egy)

 

-55kg

Final : Terliuga (Ukr) vs Banaszczyk (Pol)

Bronze : Busa (Ita) vs Ouhammad (Mar) and Nakamura (Jap) vs Ishiai (Jap)

 

-61kg

Final : Philippe (Fra) vs Lotfy (Egy)

Bronze : Sivert (Fra) vs Vasovic (Ser) and Alipourkeshka (Ira) vs Coban (Tur)

 

-68 kg

Final : Someya (Jap) vs Quirici (Swi)

Bronze : Ramos (Mex) vs Vizcaino (Spa) and Abdelaziz (Egy) vs Kneer (Ger)

 

+68kg

Final : Garcia (Fra) vs Uekusa (Jap)

Bronze : Sugimoto (Jap) vs Okila (Egy) and Saito (Jap) vs Abbasli (Ira)

 

Kata

Final : Sanchez (Spa) vs Shimizu (Jap)

Bronze : Ono (Jap) vs Kokumaï (Usa) and Bottaro (Ita) vs Lau (Hk)

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