The third event of the season of the 2022 Karate 1-Premier League started yesterday in Rabat (Morocco). Grand Winner Anzhelika Terliuga of Ukraine was among the big winners of the day.
Grand Winner and World ranking leader Anzhelika Terliuga demonstrated to be in sensational form as she qualified for her third final in three events this year. The most successful karateka of the season thus far, Terliuga defeated Li Lirisman of Estonia in the semi-final 2-1 and aims at her second gold of the season.
The current Grand Winner of the category will have Ahlam Youssef of Egypt as the opponent in the final on Sunday. Youssef who is the current World champion upset Lorena Busa of Italy in an impressive demonstration of efficiency 7-2.
ABDEL ALI JINA TAKES FLAG OF HOST NATION TO FINALS
Abdel Ali Jina inaugurated the quest to gold of the host athletes as he reached the final of Male Kumite -60kg. The Moroccan karateka who is also the current World Championships bronze medallist defeated Aminagha Guliyev of Azerbaijan in the semi-finals 1-1.
His rival in the final is Mohamed Salah Mohamed of Egypt who edged Abdullah Shaaban of Kuwait by “Hantei” or decision 0-0.
Gema Morales of Spain and Reem Ahmed Salama of Egypt surprised favourites in Female Kumite -50kg and will fight for the gold on Sunday.
The Spanish karateka, who had participated in the Kata competition in the morning, made it to her second final of Karate 1-Premier League following a shocking victory over Olympic Games bronze medallist Bettina Plank of Austria 4-1.
Reem Ahmed Salama surprised this season’s leader Yorgelis Salazar of Venezuela in the semi-finals. After claiming two medals in the first two events of the year, Salazar could not reach her second consecutive final this season as Reem Ahmed Salama took the semi-final bout by 2-0.
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