Objava: 20.03.2015 | 03:04 Continental Championships
After losing the final against Serap Ozcelik at the last year’s European Championship in Tampere, Finland, Bettina Plank of Austria once again reached the finals in Female Kumite -50kg category so she gets her second chance to become the european champion. After being free in the first round, Bettina won against Mariya Koulinkovitch from Belarus by 6:0. By the same result she have also won against world vice-champion Duygu Bugur of Germany in the quarterfinals, while she defeated Croatian Monika Berulec by 1:0 in the semifinals.
On the other side of the pool, Alexandra Recchia of France was also free in the first round, after what she have won against Gresa Zhitia of Kosovo by 5:1. In the quarterfinals, Alexandra met with her biggest and well known rival, world champion Serap Ozcelik of Turkey who was defending her last year’s title. In a very tensed match, this time Recchia was better (3:1) than a favorite Ozcelik. In the semifinals Recchia defeated Ukranian Kateryna Kryva by 1:0, against whom she have also won in the semifinals of Paris Open in late-January. Reaching the finals is the best possible comeback for Alexandra who was absent from the last year’s european championship due to a knee injury.
In the interview for World Karate Federation, Alexandra said that it’s a big suprise for her to be in the final and that she had very good sensation (feeling) and was very concentrated and that’s why she is in the final. Asked about how she is going to prepare for the saturday’s final she has mentioned that first she has to fight with her team the next day and that she will be thinking about that, so she will think about her final in the evening. She has also said that she knows her opponent, so she will need to be more concentrated and not to do any mistakes. [Watch the whole interview below]
Who is going to win in Female Kumite -50 kg finals?
Alexandra Recchia [FRA] (57%, 16 Votes)
Bettina Plank [AUT] (43%, 12 Votes)
Total Voters: 28
World vice-champion Duygu Bugur won against Mariya Koulinkovitch by 3:0 in the repechage, so she will be fighting against 18-year-old Monika Berulec for the bronze medal, just as Kateryna Kryva against Serap Ozcelik who have won against Gresa Zhitia by 1:0 in the 2nd repechage.