Objava: 20.03.2015 | 15:03 Continental Championships
After the final at the World Games 2013 in Cali, Colombia, Noah Bitsch of Germany will again meet with the world’s best karate fighter Rafael Aghayev of Azerbaijan tomorrow, in the final of the 50th European Senior Championship in Istanbul, Turkey.
Noah secured himself for the final by winning four matches with not letting his opponents room for scoring. In the first match he has won against Hungarian Gabor Harspataki by hantei after the 0:0 score, while he defeated Logan Da Costa from France by 6:0. In the quarterfinals he won against Slovakian Matus Lieskovsky (2:0), while in the semifinals he was better than Ruslans Sadikovs of Latvia by 3:0.
After being off the tatami for a year due to an injury, Rafael Aghayev has confirmed that he is still the top karate fighter and still has much to show. Just like Noah, Rafael has also get into the final by not getting scored by his opponents. In the first round he has defeated Jonas Pallesen od Denmark by 3:0 just like he had already done in the semifinals of Paris Open in late-January. In the early phase of the championship (2nd round) Rafael met with his biggest and well known rival, vice-world and european champion Luigi Busa of Italy against whom he had also won in Paris two months ago. Rafael achieved to successfully confirm that he is in better form at the moment by winning with a minimum 1:0 score. In the quarterfinals he defeated Ukrainian Illya Nikulin, who was replacing Stanislav Horuna, by 8:0, while in the semifinals he won by 7:0 against Erman Eltemur of Turkey, who got in the team instead of Serkan Yagci. [Watch the clips from the fights below]
Who is going to win in Male Kumite -75 kg finals?
Rafael Aghayev [AZE] (92%, 344 Votes)
Noah Bitsch [GER] (8%, 29 Votes)
Total Voters: 373
For the bronze medals will be figthing Ruslans Sadikovs against Logan Da Costa who has won in both matches of the repechage against Gabor Harspataki also by hantei after 0:0, and over Matus Lieskovsky by 7:0, so will Erman Eltemur against Luigi Busa who has won against Jonas Pallesen (4:1) and Illy Nikulin (1:0).
Photo: Facebook / Sənan Pirçivanski (Azerbaijan National Karate Federation)