Egypt earned five gold medals at the Karate 1-Premier League in Rabat ©WKF

Egyptian athletes earned five titles as finals were held on the last day of the Karate 1-Premier League in Rabat.

The first two days had seen Egyptian stars book their places in gold medal matches with fine displays at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Morocco’s capital city.

World champion Youssef Badawy was among the Egyptian karatekas to top the podium, as he overcame Jordan’s Mohammad Aljafari 6-4 in the men’s under-84 kilogram kumite final.

The over-84kg title was won by Badawy’s compatriot Taha Mahmoud Tarek, who secured a 4-0 win over Spain’s Babacar Seck Sakho with an ippon score.

Abdallah Abdelaziz triumphed in an all-Egyptian men’s under-75kg kumite final against Ali Elsawy, with a final second score earning him a 3-2 victory.

Egyptian success continued in women’s kumite competitions, with Reem Ahmed Salama beating Spain’s Gema Morales 7-3 to earn the under-50kg title.

Dahab Ali earned her maiden Karate 1-Premier League title with a 2-0 victory over Italy’s Aurora Graziosi in the under-61kg event.

The women’s under-55kg division saw a headline match-up between world ranking leader Anzhelika Terliuga and world champion Ahlam Youssef of Egypt.

Terliuga emerged as a 5-2 winner to secure her second title of the season, following success in Matosinhos.

The Grand Winner had also finished second in the season opening event in Fujairah.

Morocco’s Abdel Ali Jina triumphed at his home event ©WKF
Morocco’s Abdel Ali Jina triumphed at his home event ©WKF

Morocco’s Abdel Ali Jina delivered home success in the men’s under-60kg kumite event, with a last second ippon earning him a 7-5 win over Egypt’s Mohamed Salah Mohamed.

Switzerland’s Elena Quirici denied the host nation a second title, after she earned a 5-0 win over Morocco’s Nisrine Brouk in the women’s under-68kg kumite event.

European champion Dionysios Xenos of Greece earned the men’s under-67kg kumite gold by the first unopposed point, after his final against Egypt’s Ahmed Aiman Lotfy ended level at 1-1.

Japan’s Ayumi Uekusa secured the women’s over-68kg crown after a walkover, with Egypt’s Menna Shaaban Okila having been forced to withdraw through injury.

The Japanese team celebrated double gold in kata competitions.

Hikaru Ono beat Hong Kong’s Mo Sheung Grace Lau in the women’s final, while Kazumasa Moto overcame the United States’ Gakuji Tozaki in the men’s event.

The Karate 1-Premier League is scheduled to continue in Azerbaijan’s capital city Baku from September 2 to 4.