France’s Alizée Agier was among the stars to progress to finals on the second day of the Karate 1 Premier League in Tokyo 2020. Agier was the pre-tournament favorite in the women’s under-68 kilograms competition at the Nippon Budokan sports hall which will host the Olympic competition next year. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympic Karate can get Olympic Karate Tickets online.
She produced an impressive series of performances to reach the final although the French athlete secured a narrow 1-0 win over China’s Li Gong in the last four. Alizée Agier now faces world champion Irina Zaretska of Azerbaijan who beat Austria’s Alisa Buchinger in her semi-final as she seeks a second straight triumph in Tokyo Olympic 2020.
“I hope that I will be able to win the gold medal tomorrow said Agier. The bout against Irina will be a very strategic match it will be a good clash to watch. I really enjoyed competing here in Nippon Budokan. Of course, I think about what will happen here next year but I prefer to go step by step.”
Hosts Japan enjoyed a successful day with four athletes progressing to gold medal matches which will take place tomorrow. World champion Ryo Kiyuna qualified for a 27th consecutive final at the international level after topping his pool in the men’s kata event. Teammate Issei Shimbaba stands in his way of claiming a fifth straight gold medal.
Ayumi Uekusa produced a strong display in the women’s 68kg Kumite competition as the Japanese athlete beat Greece’s world champion Eleni Chatziliadou 1-0 in a rematch of the World Championships final. Uekusa will face the challenge of Italy’s Clio Ferracuti, who was a 1-0 winner against Finland’s Titta Keinanen.
Ryutaro Araga completed Japan’s representation in finals as he beat Azerbaijan’s Aykhan Mamayev 1-0 in the men’s under-84kg Kumite event. His reward is a gold medal match against Iran’s Zabihollah Poorshab, who was a 2-1 winner against world champion Ivan Kvesic of Croatia.
Germany’s Jonathan Horne reached the final of the men’s over 84kg event by beating Georgia’s Gogita Arkania 1-0. He now faces Saleh Abazari of Iran who overcame his team-mate Sajad Ganzjadeh 1-0 in their semi-final match.
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