She is the youngest, but that doesn’t mean she is not pampered by her elders. As competition is raging in this category of -68 kg, to see a new contender arriving made some sigh.
If she fights in the Seniors’ for two years already, the young German fighter Johanna Kneer (21 years) still had the time to write a nice record in the youth categories. Cadet World champion (+54 kg) in 2013, she took the 3rd place at the Junior European championships in 2015 before winning her first big title in 2016 with the European U21 gold medal.
Three months after her victory in the U21, Johanna Kneer stands already out by winning the bronze medal at the Senior European championships in Montpellier. In 2017, she gleaned her first success in Karate 1 with the Toledo Serie A, to which she added two third places in Halle and Istanbul Opens. Once again 3rd at Serie A in Salzburg in 2018, Johanna Kneer won the Premier League in Rotterdam mid-March, her first big win in the Senior division. She is gaining in power. Great for her, the Olympic qualifications for Tokyo begin…
By Ludovic Mauchien