Konstantina Chrysopoulou won a gold medal at the European Championship in Larnaca. The 18-year-old karateka, a few days after her triumph at the K1 Series A in Athens, also triumphed in Cyprus, as she climbed to the highest step of the podium in the -61k U21 KUMITE category. In the final, Chrysopoulou prevailed 4-2 over Reem Kamis (Germany), while to get there she had successively defeated the Italian Aurora (5-5), the Irish O’Sullivan (7-2), the Bosnian Kurtes (5 -1) and in the semi-final Jovanovska from North Macedonia (7-4).
Marianda Zamantza won a silver medal in the 61k junior KUMITE category. The Katerini champion was undefeated in the qualifiers and took first place in her pool by defeating Sevkova (Latvia) 2-0, Prihlova (Czech Republic) 2-0, Ceruaki (Italy) 5-0 and in the semi-final Balut (Poland) . She was defeated 1-0 in the final by Spain’s Julia Clopes.
Athina Tsiakmaki won the bronze medal in KATA Juniors. The “small” final of the category developed with a “thriller” with the champion of the Athlos Peristeri gathering a score of 41.3 against 41.1 of Marques from Portugal.
Thus, the Greek delegation returns today (22:20 by OA flight) to Athens with one gold, one silver and one bronze medal, which places it in 13th place, among 48 countries that participated in the event, with 1,100 athletes .
But, equally important is the fact that out of the 36 karatekas who made up the Greek team in Larnaca, 16 were ranked, i.e. they were in the top nine of their category.
The 5th place was won by:
* In +70k teenagers, Michalis Mokas, who achieved three victories in the pool he participated in and was defeated in the semi-final. He then lost 2–0 to Azeri Rahib Azim in the repechage final.
* In the 61k Youth, Giorgos Baliotis (Odysseas Petroupolis) who performed excellently and in the bronze medal match lost to the Dane Mikael Christensen, with a score of 1-1 but his opponent having won the first point
* In the 68k Youth, Stelios Ftylakis of Odysseus Petroupoli made five consecutive victories, in the category with the most athletes (42). But he lost in the semi-final to the Portuguese Gonsalves and in the “small” final to the Montenegrin Danilovic
* In -68k U21, Korina Koutaliari from Chios Karate Academy lost in the final repechage to Krivdova (Slovakia) 3-0
Also, 7th place was won by Ilias Psomas (-76m Young Men), Dimos Koutaliaris (70m Teenagers), Athanasia Andrianopoulou (-55m U21), Antonia Mousidou (KATA U21) and the Team KATA Young Women with L. Xenou, Chr. Papa. M. Pavlitina
The 9th place was occupied by three of our athletes who were eliminated in the 1st round by an opponent who reached the final. Thus, they participated in repechages securing a place in the final ranking. These are Charalambos Kambougeris (-75k U21), Christos Tzilia (-55k Youth) and Iliana Komini (-47k Youth)
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