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Grand Winners to be crowned at anticipated Karate 1-Premier League Madrid

2019-11-20

The 2019 Karate 1-Premier League will conclude in Madrid (Spain) from November 29 to December 1. After six thrilling events, the 2019 Karate 1-Premier League comes to an end in Madrid where the Grand Winners will be confirmed. The closing tournament of the season will crown the Best of the Best of the year and will determine the next athletes to wear the special karategi with the golden embroidery.  

The ceremony of awards of the new Grand Winners will take place in Paris (France) during the Karate 1-Premier League event there to be held from January 24 to 26, 2020. This is the situation in all the categories ahead of #Karate1Madrid. 

KIYOU SHIMIZU VS SANDRA SANCHEZ IN FEMALE KATA 

The Grand Winner award in Female Kata is a two-woman affair as Kiyou Shimizu of Japan and Sandra Sanchez of Spain will be clashing for the honour in Madrid. The two competitors have met in all the finals of Karate 1-Premier League this season. They have shared the gold medals at stake, with the Spaniard winning the crowns in Moscow, Shanghai and Dubai, and the Japanese ace taking the honours in Tokyo, Rabat and Paris. Therefore, their quest to become the Best of the Best will be one of the highlights of the tournament in Madrid.  

INTENSE COMPETITION IN FEMALE KUMITE -61KG

Three karatekas will compete for the title in Female Kumite -61kg. Giana Lotfy of Egypt, Xiaoyan Yin of China and Gwendoline Philippe of France will fight for the recognition in a tight end of the season in the category. Two-time World champion Lotfy leads the standings with a difference of 420 points over second-placed and 2017 Grand Winner Xiaoyan Yin. France’s Gwendoline Philippe is the current owner of the Best of the Best award and takes the third place at 540 points of the leader. With a maximum of 870 points at stake, the hunt to catch the title is set to be electric. 

FOUR NAMES FOR THE CROWN IN FEMALE KUMITE -68KG

Four competitors will arrive in Madrid with options to become Grand Winners in Female Kumite -68kg. Irina Zaretska of Azerbaijan, Alizee Agier of France, Elena Quirici of Switzerland and Li Gong of China could all be the next Grand Winners of the category. World champion and 2017 Grand Winner Irina Zaretska takes the top position in the standings at 180 points of second-placed Alizee Agier who is the current owner of the Best of the Best award. In third place and at 300 points of the leadership awaits Elena Quirici who won the Grand Winner title in 2016. Li Gong also has her chances as she has 720 points less than the leader. 

KARATE HEROES HOPE TO BECOME GRAND WINNERS IN MALE KUMITE -75KG

Four top karatekas are hoping to take the Grand Winner award in Male Kumite -75kg. The star-studded line up of stars aiming to become the best of the season is formed by five-time World champion Rafael Aghayev of Azerbaijan, Japanese sensation Ken Nishimura, current World title-holder Bahman Asgari Ghoncheh of Iran and fan favourite and European Games champion Stanislav Horuna of Ukraine. 

The standings are topped by Rafael Aghayev, who is the current Grand Winner. Ken Nishimura hopes to take one more award for Japan as he is at 210 points of the leader while Bahman Asgari Ghoncheh aims at adding the Grand Winner title to his world crown at 450 points. In fourth place and still with chances is Stanislav Horuna who was the Grand Winner in 2017. 

GRAND WINNER TITLE IN MALE KUMITE -84KG UP FOR GRABS 

The Grand Winner crown in Male Kumite -84kg will end in the hands of Zabiollah Poorshab of Iran, Ugur Aktas of Turkey or Ryutaro Araga of Japan. Aktas and Araga are the last two Grand Winners of the category, with the Turkish star taking the title in 2018 and the Japanese hero winning in 2017. The standings are topped by Poorshab, but only 570‬ points separate the three competitors, so the race to the honour in Madrid is expected to be thrilling. 

STARS BAG GRAND WINNER AWARDS 

Seven categories have the title of Grand Winner already confirmed. Turkey’s Serap Ozcelik will wear the golden karategi for the third year in a row as the Turkish star has conquered Female Kumite -50kg. The current World Championships runner-up has taken gold medals in Shanghai, Rabat, Dubai and Paris in one of the most spectacular showdowns of dominating Karate of the season.  

Meanwhile, Anzhelika Terliuga of Ukraine recovers the Grand Winner award which she won for the last time in 2017 after producing a sensational run of victories this year. The Ukrainian fan favourite has claimed golds in Moscow, Tokyo, Shanghai, Rabat and Paris, and will compete in Madrid to be one the most awarded competitor of the season. 

For the third consecutive year, the Grand Winner award in Female Kumite +68kg will go to Ayumi Uekusa of Japan. The karateka who currently wears the golden karategi and who is the World Championships runner-up tops the standings for the third consecutive year after prevailing in the tournaments of Tokyo and Paris. 

Also coming from Japan and also keeping the karategi with the golden embroidery, Ryo Kiyuna maintains the Grand Winner status in Male Kata. With victories in all the Karate 1-Premier League events this year, the current World Champion has established a strong control of the category. After claiming 1,260 points more than second-placed Damian Quintero of Spain, Kiyuna becomes the Grand Winner of the category for the second consecutive year.  

One of the biggest stars of the season is Darkhan Assadilov of Kazakhstan. The karateka who had won only one gold in Karate 1-Premier League before his appearance this season has surprised top favourites and has made a name for himself of the sport after taking the titles in Tokyo, Shanghai, Rabat and Dubai. The Kazak star wins the Grand Winner award in Male Kumite -60kg for the first time. 

In Male Kumite -67kg, the Best of the Best crown goes to Steven Dacosta of France. The current World champion has showed great resilience throughout the season and overcame an injury to top the category. The world and European title-holder has prevailed in Moscow, Dubai and Paris to win the right to wear the special Grand Winners karategi next year. 

Sajad Ganjzadeh of Iran recovers the title in Male Kumite +84kg after one year away of the karategi with the golden embroidery. The Grand Winner in 2017 reclaims the honour after leading the standings of the category following a convincing performance throughout the season. The Iranian karateka who is the current World Championships runner-up has won two gold medals this year, in Shanghai and Rabat. 

The ceremony to honour the Grand Winners of 2019 will be celebrated in January 2020 during the Karate 1-Premier League Paris. 

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