Burak Uygur lost in the final in the -67 kg K1 Rabat final (April 19-21). He won his first medal since Tokyo last October. Rafael Aghayev did not pray to get the bronze in -75 kg, like Jonathan Horne in +84 kg. On the other hand, Naoto Sago (-60 kg) and Johanna Kneer (-68 kg) could not overcome the last pitfall.
By Ludovic Mauchien
He is always the same. Polite, humble and honest. « I did not adopt the right strategy », he explained a few minutes after his defeat in the K1 Rabat final against Egypt’s Elsawy (2-0). Burak Uygur was angry but was also happy with his karate, as he had not been on a podium since his success in Tokyo last October. In Morocco, he became the two-time European champion again, he just missed a « chouilla » to adorn himself with gold. This will not be long to happen again.
It was on the same score of 2-0 that Rafael Aghayev won his 18th medal in 19 competitions over the last 3 years (he missed the podium only in Tokyo last October). The victim of the day is Logan Da Costa. As in Dubai, the Frenchman failed to touch the five-time World champion (-75 kg). A new medal that reinforces the Azerbaijani mattress for the Tokyo Olympics, especially that K1 was the first to count to 100%.
This is also the case for Jonathan Horne. With his titles of World and European champion (+84 kg), the German fighter has secured an interesting lead. With the bronze medal he won in Rabat, by dominating the Portuguese Reis (4-0), the world N°1 consolidates his lead. Not bad for somebody who was sick and about to forfeit a week ago !
Explosive and twirling in the playoffs, the young German Johanna Kneer could not go to the end of the adventure. Stopped in ½ final, she was dominated by Greece’s Panetsidou (3-2) and finally finished 5th, like Naoto Sago. The young Japanese met his winner of the World final for a remake, Angelo Crescenzo. But, once again, it was the Italian who emerged victorious (7-0) and left with the bronze medal.
On the French side, only Gwendoline Philippe (-61 kg) managed to get to the podium, his 8th one in a row in the Premier League, against… Leila Heurtault, his main national competitor for the Olympic qualification. This category is so dense that a 3rd French could have reached the podium. But Laura Sivert, team World champion, was beaten by Japan’s Someya.
It was mainly the Ukrainian fighters who caused a sensation. With 3 gold medals (Horuna, Chobotar and Terliuga), they dominate the competition with the Turks (7 medals), the Iranians (5 medals) and the Egyptians (4).
- Assadilov (Kaz)
- Samdan (Tur)
- Crescenzo (Ita) and Saymatov (Uzb)
- Elsawy (Egy)
- Uygur (Tur)
- Funahashi (Jap) and Abdelgawad (Egy)
- Horuna (Ukr)
- Asiabari (Irn)
- Nishimura (Jap) and Aghayev (Aze)
- Chobotar (Ukr)
- Araga (Jap)
- Aktas (Tur) and Chikhmarev (Kaz)
- Ganjzadeh (Irn)
- Yamanoglu (Tur)
- Horne (Ger) and Abazari (Irn)
- Kiyuna (Jap)
- Quintero (Spa)
- Ozdemir (Tur) and Moto (Jap)
- Morocco 2 and Morocco 1
- Ozcelik (Tur)
- Sayed (Egy)
- Tsukii (Phi) and Plank (Aut)
- Terliuga (Ukr)
- Wen (Tpe)
- Khaksar (Irn) and Yakan Tuba (Tur)
- Yin (Chn)
- Lotfy (Egy)
- Philippe (Fra) and Someya (Jap)
- Quirici (Swi)
- Melnyk (Ukr)
- Panetsidou (Gre) and K. Someya (Jap)
- Hocaoglu (Tur)
- Quintal (Mex)
- Abbasli (Irn) and Torres Gracia (Spa)
- Shimizu (Jap)
- Sanchez Jaime (Spa)
- Eltemur (Tur) and Ono (Jap)
- Morocco and Russia 2