Canadian Karate Team Celebrates Two More Bronze Medals in Rio de Janeiro
Karate Canada – Rio de Janeiro, May 29, 2016 – Canada’s national karate team is celebrating two additional bronze medal wins in Rio de Janeiro, at the 30th Senior Pan American Championships. On Saturday, May 28th, the final day of competition, Canadian athletes finished in third place in two separate events.
In the women’s team kata category, athletes Daphné Trahan-Perreault, Hidemi Uchiage, and Sumi Uchiage defeated the Mexican team 3-2, before losing to the team from the Dominican Republic, who then went on to claim the silver medal.
In the men’s team kumite category, athletes Patrice Boily-Martineau, Alexandre Benjamin Rivest, Nicholas Patrick Rivest, Carl Rodrigue, Sarmen Sinani and Philippe Soucy defeated very strong teams from Columbia and the Dominican Republic, before losing by a very narrow gap (3-2) to Venezuela, whose team went on to claim the silver medal. In a heated repechage face-off, the Canadian male kumite team defeated the Argentinian team 2-1 for the bronze.
This brings Canada’s final medal tally at this event to three bronze medals, with two top 5 and two top 7 results as well. In light of recent injuries suffered by some of the team’s top-ranked athletes and usual medal contenders, and in light of the fact that two of the three medals acquired were in team events, there appears to be growing depth within the team, and these results seem to suggest evidence of new talent emerging in the Senior ranks, as well as marked progress in the kata program.
As this competition concludes, Canadian karate athletes are setting their sights toward the German Open Premier League Karate-1 Championships (September). This event will constitute the team’s final international preparation event before the Senior World Championships, which will occur in the city of Linz, Austria, in October 2016. Just beyond this horizon is the probable inclusion of karate in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan.
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