The Casablanca Premier League closed the Karate 1 Premier League 2024 season after the disputes in Paris, Antalya, Cairo and the aforementioned event in Morocco, and thus the winners of the Grand Winner 2024 were known at the gala ceremony of the greats winners where tribute was paid to the best of the best of Karate in Casablanca.

The Austrian national team once again showed good performance on the tatami. Lora ZILLER was about to reach the quarterfinals as second in the group, after a tie to victory between Scotland, Spain and Austria.

ZILLER won 5:4 in the round robin group stage against the Scottish Niamh Junner, with whom she had been defeated in the previous Premier League in Cairo. With this victory and the defeat against the world number 1, the Spanish Maria Torres , ZILLER finished 9th in Kumite Female 68+kg.

The bout was tied until the end with a 2-2 and senshu for the Scotsman, with 18 seconds remaining ZILLER took the lead to 3-2, and then Junner achieved the 3-3 tie with a senshu advantage, with 4 seconds, there was a new 4-4, in the next action ZILLER managed, in a counterattack by Gtku Tsuki Yodan, to close the comeback 5-4 with 2 seconds left, and after the restart of the fight the victory went to the side Austrian.
Later, ZILLER lost 0-1 in a very tight bout against the World number 1 and Grand Winner 2024, the Spanish Maria Torres.

Spain, which won 6-1 against Scotland, was disqualified due to contact, and the group was equal to victories between the three athletes, the tie being resolved by points in favor of Scotland (8) Austria (5) Spain (1).

Vice-European champion Lejla TOPALOVIC (-61 kg) finished third in the group in Morocco after a 0-0 against the finalist in Casablanca Yuki Kujuro (JPN), 1-4 against Gulbahar Gozutok (TUR) and a 2-0 victory against Renata Almeida (POR).

Marina VUKOVIC (-68 kg) lost due to narrow defeats 1-2 Schöter (GER) 0-1 LI (CHN) and 4-6 Saynbek (KAZ)

Japan (13) medals and France (3) medals account for 40% of the medals in the Premier League Casablanca 2024, only (5) countries have more than one medal and (15) managed to reach a podium position. The level of powerful countries has increased and getting on the podium has become increasingly difficult.

Our athletes once again demonstrated that they have the base level of this type of events, always reaching the end of each bout with options.

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