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He was only 19 years old when he won his first European title in 2008. A decade later, Jonathan Horne is still one of the most serious contenders for the gold medal in the heavyweight division (+84 kg). The native of Kaiserslautern, who is now 4th Dan, shows a rare longevity at the highest level. It’s simple, all the opponents he has dominated to win his five European championships (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016) and his two World Games (2009, 2013) are now through the looking glass.

Not him ! At 28 years old, the German fighter is more than ever ambitious. The advent of Olympic Karate gave him a second youth and added a new major goal : the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. « A huge dream for all karatekas. I will be 31 years old. That’s a good age to compete at the Games and, hopefully, to win the Gold medal », he smiles.

3rd at the European championships in 2013 and 2015, silver medallist with the German team at the 2014 Worlds, Jonathan Horne won a tenth national title in 2017. In order to continue to perform at the highest level, he decided to change his tactics and only gives priority to the major competitions. « As in Boxing, I will prepare specifically for the major tournaments and, then, I will rest. I would not do anymore as I used to, participate to almost every ones.

The major tournaments ? The World championships, the European ones and, of course, the Olympic qualification’s tournaments which will start mid 2018. His dreams ? To become Senior World champion (he won in cadet in 2005 and ranked 3rd in 2008) and, obviously, to be the first heavyweight Olympic champion. His opponents are warned…