Winner in 2015, Rafael Aghayev was ranked n°1 in the tournament (Busa was forfeited) and therefore targeted as the favorite. The Azerbaijani superbly held his
Winner of the Pan American championships last spring, Thomas Scott (-75 kg) was again in Montreal at the last SeriesA of the summer. The American
She had not participated in a competition since the K1 of Dubai last February, one of only 3 competitions where she did not get to
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
It is these kind of decisions that are unquestionable as they are mysterious. That taken by the referees to the advantage of Turkey’s Yamanoglu at
For the last few months, his pain was hurting to see. He could not make it anymore. Since his victory in Tokyo last October, Burak
1-0. It was by the smallest margin that Luigi Busa dominated his eternal rival Rafael Aghayev on Saturday, in the final of the European championships
What’s new ? Are you happy with your preparation ? Nothing is new. Everything is fine. I have a good preparation this year. How
Ayumi Uekusa won on Sunday her 25th medal in 27 competitions since 2012 ! At 26 years old, the Japanese champion won her 11th Karate 1
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
Rafael Aghayev was very joyful after his semifinal against Iran’s Asiabari. « This is the first tournament of the year 2019 and I am in the
What have you learned from the Madrid’s World championchips ? The result of the World’s was not as I wanted. Already in round two, the dream
What do you like to do besides Karate ? I like to go to the cinema, hang around with friends, play bowling, billiard… I like to
What happened at the Madrid’s World championships ? I lost… Actually, I could be champ’ in Spain. If you check my team matches’ performance, you can
How do you analyse your world final almost 3 months after ? I think it was a great fight, one of the best of the event.
Only karateka supported by Team GB, the British Olympic medals machine, he was back on the mats a week after the World championships, which
7th podium and 3rd win of the year for Jonathan Horne (+84 kg). After his success in Rotterdam last March and, of course, in Madrid
There are champions by accident. There are those who would have deserved it but who never have been, sometimes by… accident. And there is Jonathan
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
-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
Talisman ? Sara Cardin : I am not very superstitious. Valeria Kumizaki : No, I haven’t any talisman. I bring with me a religious things and I pray
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