The curtain falls on the first leg of the 2022 Premier League of karate, held in Fujairah (United Arab Emirates). On Sunday, in fact, the finals of the various specialties and categories were held: let’s see how things went from an Italian perspective.
Mameli’s anthem resounded thanks to Alessandra Mangiacapra who, in the -61 kg, put gold around her neck, thus obtaining the first personal achievement in the Karate 1 – Premier League circuit . A success that came as a result of the 2-0 victory in the final against Anita Serogina from Ukraine.
Silver medal instead for Silvia Semeraro who, after a splendid run yesterday in the -68 kg, today she had to surrender in the last act to the eternal Azeri rival Irina Zaretska, who managed to get the better of the blue.
Finally, Luca Maresca (-67 kg), able to beat the Hungarian Yves Martial Tadissi with a score of 4-3, put a nice bronze in his pocket; in an agenda of meetings for the podium where unfortunately Carola Casale, in the individual kata, and Giulia Angelucci, in the -61 kg , finished in fifth position, failing to win their respective finals against the Chinese of Honk Kong Lau Mo and the Kazakh Assel Kanay.
Below are the words of the national team director Luca Valdesi : “Perfect organization in a fantastic building. We got off to a great start, the categories weren’t all full but the level was really very high. We did very well with the five finals in total. I think that the place of honor belongs to Alessandra Mangiacapra who did a fantastic race even against a very successful and Olympic athlete, like the Ukrainian Anita Serogina. Alessandra led the race perfectly ”.
“All the finalists did very well, we could perhaps have hoped for an extra medal, but I am very satisfied with both the trip and the performances of the individuals, even those who did not manage to win the medal or the final . For example, Silvia Semeraro, in front of a very expert and well-known athlete, played in a tight match in which both could have won “.
“Luca Maresca also made a great performance. Returning to very high levels after the World Cup, as we did in this expedition, is really satisfying. Of course there is work to be done but this concept applies to everyone. We will meet again on 11 March for the next collegiate retreat. Retreat that was also open to about fifteen athletes of the youth national team, precisely to increase the exchange and have a unique concept of national team. “