Objava: 22.03.2015 | 20:38 Continental Championships
Strong domination of Croatian Female Kumite Team at the 50th European Senior Karate Championship
It is not enough to say that it is incredible how did Croatian female kumite team managed to become the European Champions in Istanbul, Turkey. The golden team consisted of Azra Saleš, Ivona Tubić, Ana Lenard and the captian Ana-Marija Bujas Čelan brought the title of the European Champions, since they’ve already become one in 2013 in Budapest, Hungary, while they were bronze at the last year’s championship in Tampere, Finland.
In the great Sinan Erdem Dome of Istanbul, the croatian girls won the European’s Champion title without losing a single point in 9 matches of 4 rounds, while winning incredible 26 points, of which only Azra Saleš made 18, while the rest 8 points were made by Ivona Tubić. There is no such kind of team victory written in karate history.
After being free in the first round, to make it to the finals, Croatian team won over the team of England, while in the quarterfinals they’ve won over Macedonian team. In the semifinals they’ve defeated the host country team of Turkey who were defending their title of European Champions from the previous Championship in Tampere, Finland.
I’m schoked, but in a positive way. At the World Championship because of me we’ve lost against the team of Greece, since I’ve hit my opponent to hard while I was leading, and got disqualified. This time I returned it to my team and it’s a great feeling. – said Azra after winning against Turkish Baltay Merve and making it to the finals.
In the final match, Croatian team met with the female team of Russia consisted of Kovaleva, Oparina, Sheroziya and Zaytseva, who has previously won over the teams of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Ukraine in the first and second round. In the quarterfinals they were better than the Austrian team, while in the semifinals the Russian girls defeated the team of Montenegro.
In the first match of the final, Azra Saleš won over the heavy-weight Ivanna Zaytseva by 6:0, and made it easier to Ivona Tubić who defeated the last year’s European Champion (-68 kg) Inga Sheroziya by 2:0 in the second round, so the captain Ana-Marija Bujas Čelan didn’t even had to step on the tatami.
Azra did a lot with those 6:0, because Sheroziya couldn’t wait in the second match. As the last year’s european champion, she was their striker and she had to move forward first what tactically suited me well. My tactic was “score as hard as you can, and run”. – said Ivona. Ivona’s tactic was obviously very effective. [Watch the video from afternoon session of Saturday’s finals below.]
This is the fourth European medal for Croatian female team in last four years, adding the world silver (2012) and world bronze (2010) under the leadership of the head-coach Dragutin Galina.