Ivanna Zaytseva won home gold and Grand Winners claimed four titles at the Karate 1-Premier League Moscow as the event concluded yesterday. Sandra Sanchez, Anzhelika Terliuga, Steven Dacosta, Rafael Aghayev and Iranian karatekas were among the karatekas prevailing at the sixth stop of Karate’s biggest international events.
The most emotional moment of the final day of Karate 1-Premier League Moscow occurred when local karateka Ivanna Zaytseva won the gold medal in Female Kumite +68kg. It was a dream coming true for the young Russian karateka as the representative of the organising country reached the top of the podium after defeating Grand Winner Ayumi Uekusa. Zaytseva won the final bout 2-0 much to the celebration of the thousands of local fans filling up Megasport Arena in Moscow.
In the thrilling quest to the domination of Female Kata featuring Kata queens Sandra Sanchez of Spain and Kiyou Shimizu of Japan, this time the title went to Sanchez who won the crown in Moscow in a tight final bout. After the heart-wrenching title-deciding bout of the last event in Tokyo, Sandra Sanchez took her third gold medal in Karate 1-Premier League events this year thus avenging the defeat she suffered in the capital of Japan. Current Grand Winner Sanchez got a score of 26.82 with “Chantanyara Kushanku” kata for 26.54 of Shimizu.
After recovering from an injury and being away from the top of the podium since his victory at the European Championships, Steven Dacosta of France produced an impressive come back to take the title of Male Kumite -67kg. The current Grand Winner and World champion beat Ali Elsawy of Egypt 2-0 in the final, so to win his third gold medal in Karate 1-Premier League this year.
The Karate 1-Premier League travels now to Madrid (Spain) where the closing event of the season will take place from November 29 to December 1.