As most of you know, the European Karate Championships were held last week from 5 at 8 May in Montpellier, and France shined! With 6 titles, 2 silver medals and 3 bronze medals, France was able to face its two main rivals (Spain and Turkey, respectively second and fourth) to finish at the top of Europe ...
I followed this a long time because I missed time, but I still wanted to make a small summary of the progress of these championships that took place in France, and congratulate our French karateka for their outstanding performance.
Here is a small recap of 11 medals won by the French team at the European Karate 2016 Championships:
The first French medal is bronze. It was won on Saturday by Salim Bendiab, who won the fight in 5-3 against the Greek Spyridon Margaritopoulos in + 84kg. The video of the fight here:
The second medal is also bronze, it is won by Logan Da Costa against the Hungarian Gabor Harspataki in -84kg. The fight is here again on the score of 5-3. The video here:
An hour later, the first gold medal for France. It comes from Anne-Laure Florentin, who beats with a single point the Finnish Helena Kuusisto + 68kg. The video here:
France then remained the leader of these championships during 2 minutes before Germany also had its first gold medal.
A few minutes later, France won its second gold medal with Lucie Ignace in Kumite in -61kg, against the Turkish Merve Coban, a major rival. France passed first in front of Turkey (her main competitor), who had just won her first gold medal, and Lucie Ignace became double European champion. The video here:
The next medal is a bronze medal, won this time in Kumité (bout) by France's women's team against Switzerland in 2-0, with Lucie Ignace, Alizée Agier and Alexandra Recchia. The video here:
An hour later, France won its third gold medal, ahead of Spain who had won two in a few minutes. She was won by Alexandra Recchia in -50kg in the fight against the Turkish Serap Ozcelik in 2-1. The video here:
A silver medal was then won by Sandy Scordo in kata. She was beaten in the final by the Spanish Sandra Sanchez Jaime in 4-1. After his 5rd last year, Sandy Scordo spoke of her contentment for her medal, but she especially recalled her regret at not having had the pleasure to climb on the highest step of the podium, she who is at the end of her career. The video here:
A second silver medal was won by Minh Dack in kata against Spain's Damian Quintero. Minh Dack who puts 33 years to an end to his career also evoked a share of disappointment, not to finish with gold. The video here:
The fourth French gold medal is won by Steven Da Costa in Kumité in -67kg against the Italian Gianluca De Viva. The video here:
The fifth gold medal for the French team is won in kata, 3-2 against Spain. The video here:
These European championships result in a magnificent victory for the men's team in combat, against a big Turkish team, with a score of 3-1. This is the sixth gold medal for the France team. The video here:
After having followed this magnificent course of the French team, I also wanted to talk about Azeri Rafael Aghayev, who became ten times European champion in the -75kg, beating in Kumité the Turkish Erman Eltemur. The video here:
You can find other information and other videos on the FFKarate website in the section Euro Karate 2016
Here, I think the main thing is said about these championships of Europe, congratulations to all these karateka.
I particularly congratulate the team of France for these performances (and because I'm a bit chauvinistic ;-)), and I wish them the best for the future.
I take this opportunity to call you to support the entry of Karate at the 2020 Olympics:
Karate at the 2020 Olympics!
Whether or not we recognize the legitimacy of competition in karate, the Olympic Games are in my opinion a true global showcase of the sports that are represented. Therefore, I invite you to sign the online petition I created to support the application of karate at the 2020 Olympics!
Indeed, in June 2015, the Tokyo-2020 working group selected 8 sports (baseball / softball, karate, bowling, climbing, surfing, rollerblading and wushu) among 26 candidates. IOC members will make their final decision in Rio in August 2016.
It's not too late to act! Join the people who have already signed this letter-petition:
Yes, I support Karate's candidacy for the Olympic Games
And you, what did you think about French performances during these European championships?
Do you think they deserve to go to the Olympics?
Give me your impressions in the comments:
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