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The 2023 Senior European Karate Championships started March 22 in Guadalajara (Spain). Two new names of the sport took the spotlight on day 1 of action as surprises took over the competition. Two newcomers, Paola Garcia Lozano and Helvetia Taily made it to the finals of Female Kata after upsetting the favorites.


The second day of the competition of the 2023 EKF Senior Karate Championships concluded day 2 with some of the biggest stars of the sport demonstrating their prevalence on the tatami. Serap Ozcelik Arapoglu of Turkiye, Steven Dacosta of France, Anzhelika Terliuga of Ukraine and Angelo Crescenzo of Italy were among the big winners of the day in kumite.


The third day of the competition of the 2023 EKF Senior Karate Championships had Para-Karate categories and Team divisions taking the spotlight of the action. The resilience and strength of will of Para-Karate athletes were the highlights of day 3 of #KarateGuadalajara. In a demonstration of tremendous abilities, the Para-Karate athletes starred in the elimination rounds of the categories at stake. Finalists for the events include Benedetta Belotti of Italy, Emiliya Mitinova of Azerbaijan, Nihat Mammadzada of Azerbaijan, Alexe Dorin of Romania, Lucia Sanchez of Spain, Olivia Kakosy of Hungary, Tijana Stamenovic of Serbia, and Daniela Topic of Croatia.


The new kings and queens of European Karate were crowned on Day 4 of the 2023 EKF Karate Senior Championships being held in Guadalajara (Spain).


Germany celebrated four golds with Johanna Kneer claiming her first continental title after winning the final of Female Kumite +68kg over Farida Aliyeva of Azerbaijan. The second gold for Germany was taken by Reem Khamis. The promising karateka, in her first senior continental championship, upset favourites and defeated front-runner Anita Serogina of Ukraine by a slim 2-1. Germany’s outstanding performance continued in the afternoon session. Shara Hubrich caused one of the biggest upsets of the day as she defeated favourite and six-time continental champion Serap Ozcelik Arapoglu in Female Kumite -50kg by 1-0. Germany wrapped in Guadalajara with the gold medal in Female Team Kumite. The German squad defeated Croatia 2-0.


Spain takes two titles in kata, using used the home-ground factor and their strength in Kata to dominate the Individual Kata categories. Damian Quintero went back to winning ways and claimed the crown in Male Kata. The six-time continental titleholder recovered the crown that he lost last year and extended his outstanding list of awards with seven golds in 12 finals. Quintero beat Mattia Busato of Italy by 43.5 to 42.2


In the final of Female Kata, the title went to Paola Garcia Lozano of Spain. The up-and-coming Spanish karateka extended Spain’s domination of the category and followed icon Sandra Sanchez’s footsteps to take the crown.


One of the athletes in the best form on the international scene, Anzhelika Terliuga of Ukraine confirmed her status of favourite with a convincing victory in Female Kumite -55kg. Terliuga who was the defending titleholder, beat Veronica Brunori of Italy in a demonstration of skills 8-0 so to win her third continental crown. The delegation of Ukraine also celebrated the title in Male Kumite -75kg by Andrii Zaplitnyi. In his first appearance in the Senior continental championships, Zaplitnyi beat Erman Eltemur of Turkiye 2-0.


Elena Quirici of Switzerland became one of the stars of the day as she won her third continental championships. In the “Clash of Titans” of the finals, Quirici defeated current World champion Irina Zaretska of Azerbaijan by “Hantei” or decision 0-0. It is the third title in five finals for the Swiss ace.


France also saw their flag on top of the podium today as Mehdi Filali won the crown in Male Kumite +84kg. In his first continental final, the French karateka defeated Georgios Tzanos of Greece by 4-0. Increasing his impressive list of honours, Steven Dacosta added one more gold for France after prevailing in Male Kumite -60kg. The current World champion recovered the title that he won for the last time in 2019, also in Guadalajara, following a 4-2 victory over Dionysios Xenos of Greece


The powerhouse nation of Italy showed their strength in continental karate with 2 gold medals today. Michele Martina claimed the title of Male Kumite -84kg for the Italian delegation after defeating Ener Garibovic of Croatia 3-1. The gold in Guadalajara is the second continental crown for the Italian karateka. Italy’s impressive performance continued in Male Kumite -60kg as Angelo Crescenzo won his first continental title. The former World champion from Italy defeated Christos-Stefanos Xenos of Greece 5-4 and inaugurated his continental gold medal count after losing his previous three appearances in EKF finals.


Day 4 of action from Guadalajara also saw the inspiring demonstration of the abilities of the Para-Karate athletes. In Intellectually Impaired Male and Female K21, the gold medals went to Carlos Huertas Ruiz of Spain and Olivia Kakosy of Hungary, respectively. Meanwhile, the crowns in Intellectually Impaired Male and Female K22 were claimed by Mattia Allesina of Italy and Daniela Topic of Croatia. The category of Blind/Visually Impaired also crowned its new champions today. Emiliya Mitlinova of Azerbaijan in Female K10 and Alexe Dorin of Romania in Male K10 completed the list of winners today.


The 2023 EKF Karate Senior Championships concluded on day 5 in Guadalajara (Spain). The final day of the competition crowned the best teams in the continent with Germany taking the top position in the final medal table of the event.


Turkiye caused one of the big upsets of the day after defeating hosts of Spain in the final of Male Team Kata. The Spaniards hoped to use the home-ground factor in their favour, but the Turkish squad excelled with their presentation of “Unsu” kata thus retaking the title that they won at home last year in Gaziantep (44.2 to 43.6)


Spain tried to bounce back from this upset, but the local side was defeated in the final of Female Team Kata by Italy. The Italian side presented a flawless “Ohan” kata and took the continental crown with scores of 45.6 to 43.3. With this gold, Italy also win back-to-back continental titles.


Meanwhile, Ukraine became the best champion in Male Team Kumite after defeating France in a thrilling final. The Ukrainian and French sides engaged in an outstanding demonstration of offensive Karate. The final went to the tiebreaker with two victories for each side, and with Stanislav Horuna and Jesse Da Costa clashing for gold in the fifth and decisive match. The Ukrainian karateka took the victory 8-5 in a roller-coaster of bout.


The last final of the Para-Karate competition was held Sunday. The inspiring Para-Karate event was wrapped up with the final of the Wheelchair user category. In a demonstration of strength, the two golds went to Spain. In Wheelchair User Female K30, Isabel Fernandez Jimenez of Spain defeated Knarik Airapetian of Ukraine, while in Wheelchair User Male K30, Vicente Yanguez Santalla of Spain beat Eldar Ahmadov of Azerbaijan.


The final medal table of the event is topped by Germany with six medals and four golds. Italy and Ukraine take second and third positions with 11 and 4 medals, respectively.


Source: / Events Continental Championships EKF-senior / 2023 EKF Senior Championships

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