Bettina PLANK – Olympic bronze medalist – qualified for the III European Games.

For the most successful karateka in Austria, it will be the fourth time that she starts under the sign of the five Olympic rings, after the silver in the opening of the European Games in 2015 in Baku, the gold in the last edition in 2019 in Minsk and the bronze. At the olympic games. Karate 2021 premiere in Tokyo.

“I am very happy to be able to defend my title at the European Games,” says the 31-year-old from Vorarlberg. “It is a special honor for me to be part of the Austrian Olympic Team again. To have the opportunity to start again under the sign of the Olympic rings is wonderful”.

After the European Karate Championship – Guadalajara, Spain – EG, Shara Hubrich (GER) gold, Serap Ozcelik (TUR) silver and Erminia Perfetto (ITA) achieved their classification, who was defeated in the semifinals by the later European champion Hubrich, took the bronze. Spain’s Gomez was eliminated by Ozcelik in the semifinals, meaning her second bronze medal at the European Championships was worthless in terms of qualifying for the European Games.

Plank, number 6 in the European ranking in the category of up to 50 kilograms, can now defend his title at the 2019 European Games. The (8) classified competitors are: the aforementioned Shara Hubrich (GER) gold, Serap Ozcelik (TUR) silver , Erminia Perfetto (ITA) bronze, plus the 3 competitors classified by ranking Kateryna Kriva (UKR) Fidan Teymurova (AZE) and Bettina Plank (AUT), the local representative Maria Depta (POL) and Irena Kontou (CYP) – via Universality – .

Bettina Planck. “For me, this qualifying is a real push after the bitter experience at the European Championship. From now on I will work even harder because I know where the key to my best performance lies. I will find peace and will not let anything distract me. promises Plank.


I European Games BAKU 2015
Gold Serap Ozcelik (TUR)
Silver Bettina PLANK (AUT)
Bronze Alexandra RECCHIA (FRA)

II European Games MINSK 2019
Gold Bettina PLANK (AUT)
Silver Serap OZCELIK (TUR)
Bronze Sophie BOUDERBANE (FRA)

VIENNA,AUSTRIA,09.MAY.19 – OLYMPICS – European Games Minsk 2019, preview, torch run. Image shows the torch. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Mario Kneisl bitte AN senden
TOKYO,JAPAN,05.AUG.21 – OLYMPICS, KARATE – Summer Olympic Games 2020, women -55kg. Image shows Bettina Plank (AUT). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Michael Meindl
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