The 2021 European Karate Championships concluded today in Porec (Croatia) with a celebration of the sport and with Turkey topping the final medal table of the event. The tournament was the last competition included in the Olympic qualification process.
After five days of the best Karate, the #EuroKarate2021 finished with a final day that put the spotlight on the team competitions. Croatia and Germany in Team Kumite, and Turkey and Italy in Team Kata were the big winners of the day.
The Turkish side confirmed their spot at the top of the medal table with the gold in Male Team Kata. The Turkish side with Emre Vefa Goktas, Ali Sofuoglu and Enes Ozdemir as members beat Spain with an impressive “Unsu” kata and a score of 26.46 points (25.66 points for Spain).
The title in Female Team Kata went to Italy. The side formed by Carola Casale, Terryana D’Onofrio and Michela Pezzetti defeated Spain to claim the continental crown. The Italian team performed “Ohan” kata and received a score of 25.74 points for 25.4 of the Spaniards.
CROATIAN CELEBRATION IN TEAM KUMITE
The finals of the Female Team Kumite competition took place on Saturday and had Germany as the new continental champions. The German side was composed of Shara Hubrich, Johanna Kneer, Jana Messerschmidt and Ann Miggou, and they defeated Turkey by 2-0. The victories by Shara Hubrich in the first bout and Johanna Kneer in the second fight put Germany on the way to the title.
The closing final bout of the championships was the most anticipated moment for local fans as the host team of Croatia clashed for gold in Male Team Kumite. It was a thrilling demonstration of unity for Croatia Karate as the squad formed by Enes Garibovic, Ivan Kvesic, Andjelo Kvesic, Ivan Martinac, Ante Mrvicic, Karlo Raguz, and Zvonomir Zivkovic faced underdogs of Montenegro.
Croatia used the home-ground factor in their favour and became new continental champions after winning the final 2-0. A convincing victory by Andjelo Kvesic and a hard-fought triumph by Ivan Martinac is all Croatia needed to claim the title, much to the celebration of local Karate fans.
The celebration of the sport concluded with the last of the Para-Karate categories of wheelchair users. The continental titles went to Spain as the two gold medallists of the category are from the Iberian nation.
Isabel Fernandez Jimenez of Spain claimed her second consecutive European title of the category after defeating Knarik Airapetian of Ukraine. In the Wheelchair user Male category, the triumph went to Juan Antonio Sepulcre Fuentes over Vicente Yanguez Santalla in an all-Spain final.
The powerhouse nation of Turkey topped the final medal table of the event with nine medals and six golds, thus confirming the progress of the sport in the country. Germany with five medals and two golds and Spain with four medals and one gold followed in the medal table
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