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Karate Canada – Lima, August 11, 2019 – The 2019 Pan Am Games were held in Lima, Peru and Karate was scheduled on the last 3 days. The Canadian delegation included 4 athletes and 2 of them came back with silver medals. Kathryn Campbell (Fredericton, NB) won silver in women kumite -55kg as well as Daniel Gaysinsky (Vaughan, ON) in men kumite +84kg.

Kata was back on the Games program after a 16-year hiatus and it was the first event on the schedule. Rita Ha Thi Ngo (Vancouver, BC) was the first Canadian to take the mats in women individual kata. In the first round, she finished second in her pool with a score of 24.40, which allowed her to move to the ranking round. Ngo then placed third in her pool and therefore qualified for one of the bronze medal match. She unfortunately lost against 3-time Pan Am Championships bronze medallist Andrea Armada Ruiz from Venezuela. Ngo placed in the top 5 at her first Pan Am Games.

The next day was busy for Canada as the remaining 3 athletes were all competing. Haya Jumaa (Mississauga, ON) finished the women kumite -61kg round robin with a 1-1-1 record and placed third in her pool, which meant she would not advance further.

Kathryn Campbell, women kumite -55kg, finished second in her pool after loosing 2 bouts and winning 1. She moved to semi-finals versus Paula Ivonne Flores (MEX) which she beat 4-1 and secured her spot in the finals. Campbell faced top 7 in the world, Valeria Kumizaki (BRA), for a repeat of the 2015 Pan Am Games gold medal match. Campbell finally took home the silver for her second Games in a row!

In men kumite +84kg, Daniel Gaysinsky finished first of his pool with 2 wins and 1 draw versus American Brian Irr. He breezed through semi-finals with an 8-0 win over Diego Lenis from Columbia to face off with Irr again in the finals. Gaysinsky lost his last match, but took the silver medal in his division!

“Karate Canada has capped an excellent Games with two silver medals. Kate is a repeat silver medalist from Toronto 2015. Daniel missed the 2015 Games due to injury so this is some excellent compensation” says Karate Canada’s President, Mr. Craig Vokey who was also present in Lima.

For full results of the competition, please visit the Pan Am Games website.

About Karate Canada:

Karate Canada is a not-for-profit corporation constituted under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act, with the objective of describing and incorporating all activities related to the promotion, organization, regulation and popularization of the sport of karate all over Canada, of protecting the physical and emotional health of athletes, and of promoting the interests of karate throughout Canada. Karate Canada and its 11 member Provincial and Territorial Associations assemble roughly 16,000 participants nationwide. Furthermore, Karate Canada is a proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the World Karate Federation and the Pan American Karate Federation. See more at www.karatecanada.org

 

 

For more information:

 

Alexandra Roy

Program Manager

Karate Canada

alexandra.roy@karatecanada.org

(514) 252-3209