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Karate Canada – Hamburg, September 26th, 2016 – Over the weekend, Canadian National Team Roster members were in Hamburg for the German Open K-1 Championships, which were held from September 23rd-25th. The Canadian delegation included 23 athletes, accompanied by three coaches and three officials. A total of 1172 athletes from 273 clubs around the world competed in this event. This weekend event saw a number of spirited performances on the part of Canadian athletes, including two top-10 finishes.

In women’s kata, Monika Klisara, of Ontario, won her first two matches before losing to Italian opponent Eva Ferracuti, while Rita Ngo, of British Columbia, won her first two matches before losing to Czech opponent Zuzana Augustinova. Daphné Trahan-Perreault of Quebec achieved a victory in repechage against Diana Benjumea Hernandez of Colombia, and ultimately placed 11th in the division.

In women’s kumite, Tina Smith-Desrosiers, of Quebec won her first three matches in the -55kg division, losing eventually to Sara Yamada of Japan. In the -61kg category, Kamille Desjardins, of Quebec won her first two matches, before losing to Hoda Moshraf of Egypt. Camélie Boisvenue, of Quebec, lost to eventual silver medallist Ayumi Uekusa in the +68kg category, coming back with a victory in repechage, earning a 9th-place finish.

In men’s kumite, Nicolas Bisson, of Quebec, lost to eventual gold medallist Douglas Brose, and ultimately placed 11th in repechage in the -60kg division. In the -84kg category, Sarmen Sinani, from Ontario, won his first two matches, lost to Jus Markus of Slovenia. Daniel Gaysinsky, of Ontario, won his first three matches in the +84kg division before losing to eventual gold medallist Asiman Gurbanli of Azerbaijan; during repechage, he achieved a 7th-place finish.

The German Open is an important preparation event on the road to the upcoming Senior World Championships, which will take place next month in Linz, Austria. Canadian karate athletes’ long-term sights are currently set on the next summer Olympic Games, taking place in Tokyo 2020.

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