2 PARA ATHLETES IN MEDAL ROUNDS AT SR WORLDS
On the schedule for day 3 of the 2018 Senior World Championships were men and women’s team kumite events as well as all Para Karate divisions.
Only part of the team kumite eliminations were held today, narrowing the pools down to 32 teams. The remainder of the elimination rounds will be held tomorrow. The men’s team, comprised of Nicolas Bisson (QC), Patrice Boily-Martineau (QC), Ryan O’Neil (NS) and Maxym-Olivier Rivest (QC), lost in the first round versus Latvia (1-3). Whether they have an opportunity to fight again in repechage will hinge on Latvia’s performance tomorrow.
The women’s team was up against Belarus and convincingly won their bout 2-0. With that victory, Melissa Bratic (ON), Kate Campbell (NB), Melissa Chan (BC) and Haya Jumaa (ON) will then be back tomorrow to face Denmark in their next round.
The Para segment was next. Canada had three representatives taking to the mats, all part of the Intellectually Impaired division. Simon Langlois-Gauthier (QC), unfortunately did not make it past the first round, whereas Natalie Olson (AB), who got silver at the 2016 World Championships, qualified to compete for bronze. Patricia Wright (ON), the defending World Champion in this division, will be part of the finals, fighting for gold! Both matches will take place Saturday at 7:25am (EST, time subject to change). You can watch them live on karateworld.tv ($).
Karate Canada is proud of all the competitors who took to the mats today, and wishes the best of luck to the ones competing tomorrow.
Photo: Heather Fidyk