Medal Success for the Home Nations in Sochi – Junior Europeans 2018
Wonderful success for our home nations athletes with 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals from England & Scotland.
The first of the medals came from Emma Ruthven, Scotland in the cadets kata events where she won 4-1 against Croatia to take the bronze medal.
Congratulations to Emma Ruthven and Scotland National Kata Coach Stephanie Connell.
England was also in the medals in kata with Lauren Fretwell in the Junior category beating the Junior World silver medallist from Austria 5-0 to clinch the bronze medal.
Congratulations to Lauren Fretwell and National U21 Coach Aimee Sell
Next up was the kumite with Ethan Day cadet -52kgs narrowly losing to the home nation Russia 0-2 to take the silver medal. This was Ethan's second time representing England.
Finally, Charlotte Hope, fresh from her junior bronze world medal win in Tenerife, Charlotte dominated her event winning every round without dropping a flag to make the final.
In what was possibly the match of the day against France Charlotte pulled out some great techniques to beat the favourite from France 9-2 securing the first gold medal for England in a junior kumite event since 2010.
Congratulations to Ethan Day, Charlotte Hope and their English National Kumite Coach's Davin Pack and Paul Newby.
Congratulations to all the athletes and officials who took part in Sochi.
News item from www.wkf.net on Charlotte Hopes fight.
"The most outstanding demonstration of offensive Karate occurred in the final of the Junior Female Kumite -59kg. France's Assia Oukhattou took a clear lead in the bout after connecting four yukos. However, her rival Charlotte Hope of England showed exceptional kicking skills. The English promising karateka made three consecutive ura-mawashi geri and achieved three impressive ippons that allowed the World Cadet, Junior & U21 Championship bronze medallist to win the final and the continental title by 9-4."
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