Japanese Karatekas top World University Karate Championship

Japan claimed the top position of the final standings of the 2016 FISU University Karate Championship celebrated in Braga (Portugal) and extended their domination in the event. Japanese Karatekas finished the tournament with a tally of nine medals and five golds and repeated the first place earned in 2014.

After three thrilling days of competition, the team categories closed the final day of the 2016 FISU World University Karate Championship held in UMinho Sports Hall in Gualtar. Japan confirmed the excellent performance of their athletes throughout the event by claiming two of the four team competitions.

Japanese Karatekas ruled in Male Team Kata and in Male Team Kumite thus finishing the event with a tally of five golds, two silvers and two bronze medals. In Male Team Kata, the representation of the Asian country beat powerhouse France by unanimous decision; meanwhile, the Japanese side also won the Team Kumite category after defeating Spain in the final.

Japan had also reigned in the previous edition of the FISU World University Karate Championship celebrated in Montenegro in 2014, when the Japanese delegation earned five golds, one silver and two bronze medals for a total of eight awards.

Egypt also finished the event on high note as Egyptian Karatekas confirmed their successful performance and the second position in the medal table after their victory in Female Team Kumite. Spearheaded by Karate Star Giana Lotfy, Egypt beat Chinese Taipei in the final to wrap up the event with a tally of four gold medals, one silver and eight bronzes.

After their outstanding performances in the Kata competitions in the 2016 European Championships, Spanish Karatekas continued their domination in the modality and succeeded in the Female Team Kata event in Braga. Spanish athletes beat Portugal in the final and finished in fourth position in the medal table. France earned the third place of the memorable event that showcased the rising stars of the sport.