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Karate Canada – November 13th, 2018 – The 24th Senior World Karate Federation Championships were held in Madrid, Spain from November 6th to 11th, assembling 1251 athletes from 140 countries; the Canadian delegation was comprised of 12 mainstream and 3 para athletes, along with five officials and five coaches. After a week of spirited performances, Canada finished the event with 2 medals in the Para division and a top 7 in women’s kata.

In women’s kata, Rita Ngo (BC) finished in 7th place. Ngo won three rounds (5-0, 4-1, 3-2) before falling to the number one ranked athlete in the world and eventual gold medalist, Sandra Sanchez (ESP). Ngo then moved to repechage where she lost to Pan American finalist Maria Dimitrova (DOM). Ngo placed 7th for the second consecutive time at Senior World Championships.

In women’s kumite, Haya Jumaa (ON) began the event with a win over Ayami Moriguchi (JPN), ranked 13th in the world in the -61kg division. She then won her second match against the Slovenian Tjasa Ristic, before moving on to fight the 2016 World Champion, Alisa Buchinger (AUT). Jumaa beat Buchinger 1-0 and moved to the fourth round where she lost a close match 0-2 against Italy’s Laura Pasqua.

The women’s kumite team also performed well. Melissa Bratic (ON), Kate Campbell (NB), Melissa Chan (BC) and Haya Jumaa (ON) were up against Belarus first and convincingly won their bout 2-0. They next won in the second round against Denmark, also 2-0, before finally losing in the third round to Austria.

In men’s kumite, Daniel Gaysinksy (ON) won his first match in the +84kg division against Slobodan Bitevic (SRB), losing his next to Andjelo Kvesic of Croatia.

In Para karate, Patricia Wright (ON) and Natalie Olson (AB) returned to defend the gold and silver they won respectively in the Para Intellectually Impaired division at the Senior World Championships in 2016. Again in 2018 both women made it to the final rounds. Olson beat Charlene Odin (FRA) with a score of 42.2, taking the bronze medal. Wright was facing Salma Alaaeldin Ebrahim (EGY) in the gold medal final. She finished second with a score of 41.8, a mere 1.2 points behind the Egyptian.

Karate Canada President Mr. Craig Vokey noted that “Canadian Para athletes continue to shine at the WKF Senior World Championships in an event which again doubled in size from 2016. The senior team in general had a good performance as the race for the Olympic qualification in Tokyo 2020 has now started. Many athletes performed well but the podium was elusive for this event. We will now turn our attention to the Karate 1 Premier League event in Paris in January.”

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