CAIRO – TWO VICTORIES OVER top4 WORLD RANKING

In the middle of the competitive period and with its sights set on the 59th European Championship Zadar 2024, the small Austrian team once again showed guarantees on the tatami in the Premier League CAIRO.

Stefan POKORNY showed firmness, in a display of intelligence and tactical display he defeated Winner 2023 of the Premier League Q. Mahauden (BEL) rushed in his second fight and defeated E. Bulut (TUR), ending with a 0-0 draw against group winner Y. Sakiyama (JPN); With these results Stefan Pokorny placed third in the group in the -75 kg category. The form curve of the Salzburger, number 21 in the world and the highest ranked Karate fighter in Austria, points upwards before the European Championships to be held on May 8 in Zadar/Croatia.

Lejla TOPALOVIC achieved a tight third place in the group, which was resolved in the second match against the final bronze medalist A. Grande (PER) by a tight 1-1, giving the Peruvian the victory by senshu. TOPALOVIC surprised in her first match by clearly winning 4-1 against the number 4 in the world ranking A. Kanay (KAZ), the final position of the group was decided in the last match of the round robin against G. Angelucci (ITA).

Former u18 world champion Marina VUKOVIC (-68 kg) is slowly moving towards the top of the world and celebrated her first victory in the elite league as third place in the group with a 4-0 victory over A. Makyan (ARM), gave way a good performance against S. Becirovic (CRO) and O. Elmedany (EGY).

Lora ZILLER came close to two victories in her round robin group, the closest against S. Stamer (GER) with a final 3-3 and after the German lost her senshu advantage due to good pressure from Ziller, the final result was decision for the German’s ippon against Ziller’s (3) yuko. She began by dominating his third fight with a 2-0 score, but would end up losing 3-6 to N. Junner (SCO).

Lejla TOPALOVIC (-61kg) KANAY (KAZ) 4-1; GRANDE (PER) 1-1s; ANGELUCCI (ITA) 2-3

Marina VUKOVIC (-68kg); BECIROVIC (CRO) 2-3; O. ELMEDANY (EGY) 3-4; A. MAKYAN (ARM) 4-0

Lora ZILLER (68+kg) LESJAK (CRO) 1-3; STAMER (GER) 3-3H; JUNNER (SCO) 3-6

Stefan POKORNY (-75kg) MAHAUDEN (BEL) 6-3; BULUT (TUR) 0-2; SAKIYAMA (JPN) 0-0

Staff

BT Juan Luis BENITEZ CARDENES

Physio Teja KONCINA

Referee

Natalija DAJCMAN

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