Hosts Egypt raked in a total of 30 medals comprising 6 gold, 6 silver and 18 bronze to win the World Karate Federation Karate 1 Premier League concluded during the weekend in Sharm El Sheikh. The Egyptians dominated the floor, outclassing Morocco and Spain which returned second and third with two gold, three silver and two gold, one silver respectively. They were followed by Turkey, Tunisia and Ukraine.
The Egyptian team sealed their victory on the final day, Sunday, February 28, by sweeping all medals in the women’s team Kata as the trio of Randa Abdelaziz, Aya Ismail and Shaimaa Roshdy won the gold while Miram Abdel Azeez, Amira El-Huseiny and Maya El-Sayed took silver. The threesomes of Mirna El Shenawy, Amira Fekry and Narden Sayed, and Salonaz Abdel Galil, Shorouq Roushdy and Donia Sabir, all Egyptians still, shared third place to complete the circle.
Their men folk were however not as lucky as in the team Kata as Morocco’s Bilal Benkacem, Mohammed El Hanni and Adnane Elhakimi beat Egypt to the gold as Mohamed Salem, Abdelrahman Refat and Ahmed Elswafy settled for silver. They however rounded off the top three still with the threesomes of Saadeldin Hamid, Ahmed Ibrahim and Amr Khalil, and Omar Fawzy, Ahmed Ismail and Ahmed Yousef claiming bronze.
Spain’s Cristina Vizcaino and Ukraine’s Anastasiya Stepashko proved tough for the Egyptians denying them the gold in the women’s under-68kg and over-68kg women’s Kumite as they grabbed the gold in the respective category. Egypt’s Aya Aly made the silver in the under-68 while compatriot Yasmine Ezzat and Tunisia’s Chaima Bouaziz shared the bronze.
Similarly, in the over-68 Egpyt’s Sohila Hussam won silver while team mate Asmaa Ezat and Turkey’s Mucessam Buse settled for bronze.