Top Karatekas from Oceania were crowned in the 17th edition of the OKF Karate Championships being held in New Caledonia from September 15-18. The event was a celebration of first-class Karate in the region, and it showcased the dominating competitors in the continent ahead of the upcoming World Championships in Linz.
Nearly 400 athletes from nine countries participated in the thrilling competition. The Australian delegation finished on top position in the final medal table after earning an impressive tally of 108 medals. New Zealand also completed a creditable performance with 100 medals, while New Caledonia ended with 49 awards.
New Caledonia’s top Karateka Vu Duc Minh Dack confirmed the forecast and his second position in the World ranking of Male Kata and dominated the competition beating fellow countrymen Arnaud Saturnin in the final.
The host country had even more reasons to celebrate in Men’s categories since Jean Emmanuel Faure won gold in Male Kumite -60kg, Kevyn Pognon prevailed in Male Kumite -84kg, and Kenny Guillem finished on top in Male Kumite 84+ kg.
Australia’s Tsuneari Yahiro in Male Kumite -67kg, Joji Veremalua of Fiji Island in Male Kumite -75kg and Brendon Running of New Zealand in Male Kumite Open completed the list of winners in Men’s competitions in senior categories.
Representatives from New Zealand and Australia shared the honours in Women’s senior competitions, as Karatekas from the two nations monopolised the podiums in all categories. For the Australian delegation, Maria Alexiadis won Female Kumite -50kg, Tmeika Knapp prevailed in Female Kumite -55kg, Kristina Mah earned gold in Female Kumite -61kg and Evgeniya Podborodnikova claimed the status of one of the big stars of the event with victories in both the Female Kumite +68kg and Kumite Open categories.
The gold medals for New Zealand Karatekas finished in the hands of Alexandrea Anacan (Female Kata) and Amy Thomason (Female Kumite -68kg).
With the crowning of winners the 17th edition of the Oceania Karate Championships came to a successful end. Click here for all the information and results of the OKF Karate Championships.