Two Top-5 finishes for Canadian athletes at 2017 Cadet, Junior & U21 World Championships
Karate Canada – Tenerife, Canary Islands – Canada’s junior national karate team is celebrating its performance at the 2017 Cadet, Junior & U21 World Championships, held in Tenerife, Canary Islands, from October 25th-29th, 2017. A total of 25 Junior National Team Roster athletes competed over the weekend at this major international event which brought together over 1700 athletes from 109 different countries.
In female kumite, Julia Maclean, from British Columbia (Cadet -54kg) finished 5th after winning a total of 4 matches, followed by a close semi-final loss (0-1) to Ivana Kamenova from Bulgaria. In the U21 division, Véronique Carrière (-55kg), of Quebec, and Mariah Blunt (-61kg), from Alberta, both finished in 9th place. Carrière won her first round versus the Italian Eleonora Maria Lanzone and then moved to repechage while Blunt, after losing her first match against eventual finalist Ielyzaveta Sirosh (UKR), went on to win her 1st match in repechage. In the Junior division, Melissa Chan (-48kg), of British Columbia) won her first match 3-0 and lost by decision her second match against the American Madison Malone. Natasha Lam (-55kg), also from British Columbia, also won her first match and lost her second to Reka Kissimon (HUN).
In male kumite, Alexandre Benjamin Rivest, of Québec, finished in 5th place (U21 +84kg), after a close loss (0-2) to Spaniard Marcos Martinez Velilla during repechage. After Rivest won his first 3 matches 4-0, 3-0 and 5-0, his 4th match opponent was disqualified. Rivest lost 5-6 to finalist Simone Marino (ITA). Two Junior division male athletes also finished in repechage: Michael Plunkett, BC (-55kg) and Maxym-Olivier Rivest, QC (+76kg). Both karateka lost their first match and placed, respectively, in the top 9 and top 11 of their division. Other notable performances include Kole Macmillan (Cadet -52kg), from British Columbia, who won his first match and then lost to Botond Borbas (HUN). In the U21 division, Ryan O’Neil (-67kg), of Nova Scotia, won his first 3 matches before losing against the Iranian Amir Reza Mirzaei Fashtali; Christopher Coady (-84kg), of Newfoundland won his first first match, but was eliminated after losing against his Portuguese opponent Miguel Diz; and finally Amir Khaleghpanah (-60kg), of Ontario, won his first match, losing in the second round against the 2017 Youth World Cup winner Oleg Melekhin (BLR).
In female kata, Claudia Laos-Loo, of British Columbia (U21) won her first 2 matches, ultimately losing against Aya Ismail (EGY). In male kata, Amr Fahmy (U21), also of British Columbia, won his first match 3-2 and then lost his second to German Lukas Grimm. In the Junior division, William Claveau, hailing from Quebec, finished with a top 9. After losing his first match to finalist Ivan Fairuz Taher (INA), Claveau went to repechage and won 4-1 against the Finnish Saku Virtanen. He then lost a close match 2-3 against Yassine Bouchahrouf from Belgium.
Regarding the Canadian Junior National Team’s performance, Karate Canada President Mr. Craig Vokey stated that “Karate Canada had a very good Junior World Championships, improving on their overall performance in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2015. Preparation now starts for next June’s qualifying tournament for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.” Karate Canada’s young athletes now have their sights set on the upcoming National Championships and Team Selection taking place in Halifax in March, 2018.
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