The tendancy was confirmed on Sunday for the last day of the 52nd European Championships held in Kocaeli. Turkay, by winning over France in the Team Kumite final, established its European leadership. With 13 medals (4 Gold, 4 silver, 5 bronze), it even largely dominated the other nations.
Just behind it, Italy is back on the podium for the 1st time since 2014. Spain, which finishes 3rd, can thank its Kata troops, which brings its 4 medals, including 3 gold.
France finally ranks 5th with only one gold medal (Anne-Laure Florentin) after its 2 defats in Sunday’s fials (male kumite team and female kata team). That’s its worst ranking since 2014.
We should notice that this 2017 edition was quite particular. First, because it comes after a World championship and, as usual, time has come to renew teams and test young karatekas. Secondly, it was the last big competition before the setting up of the Olympic ranking which will start at the beginning of 2018 by the Paris Open. Many countries have already start their renewal in order to see Tokyo.
By our special correspondent in Kocaeli (Turkey), Ludovic Mauchien