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European Championships Romania 2017
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WORLD UNION OF KARATE FEDERATIONS

2017 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS CLUJ NAPOCA , ROMANIA

Karate Sport England sent a strong squad to the 2017 WUKF event and came back with its just rewards 1 Gold 4 Silver and 4 Bronze most of which were in the blue ribbon senior events.

With 25 countries and 1800 competitors the four day event was busy but not unpleasantly so with finishing times being late afternoon on most days thanks to the excellent organising team led by Dr . Liviu Crisan (WUKF World President).

The first day saw the senior open events and Charlie Collins and Shauna Carroll both cut through the opposition to make their finals  on the Sunday.  The mens team event got under way and KSE made the final of the male sanbon to meet current champions Romania on the Sunday finals day and in the team rotation KSE lost out 8-7 in the semi final to take a bronze.

The KSE mens senior team was Charlie Collins , Luke Cuthbert , James Eade and Jason Marquis.

The second day saw the mini cadets  (13-14) and cadet (15-17)  team events along with the senior weight categories.

Lemar McDowall , Vladut Vasilache and Tommy Chart battled through to the semi final stage in the mini cadet team kumite where they were quite harshly disqualified whilst 3-1 ahead against their Irish opponents , the boys had to settle for a bronze this time out.

In the senior events Luke Cuthbert hardly dropped a point on the way to his semi final in the Under 75k section ,  he then  neatly despatched his Italian opponent  and looked to meet his Hungarian opponent in the sunday final.

James Eade  made the final of the Under 21 Under 80k category with a very competent display of punching ability.

Elliot Engwell was in a huge section of 85 cadets 15-17 U65k but was nt daunted . This is not his first International venture but it turned out to be his best so far narrowly losing to the eventual Portugese winner in the semi final , and taking home a  European bronze medal.

On the Sunday finals day with KSE members in 5 finals expectations were high.  Shauna Carroll was out first and slipped into a 0-3 position before changing tactics and after scoring 2 wonderful head kicks she eventually ran out 7-3 winner and European Champion.

In the mens Open final Charlie came up against close rival Mat Broadhead and although giving it his best shot on the day could nt quite come to terms with Mats patient counter attacking style.

The mens sanbon team came out against the home Romanian team  , Charlie lost the first match and Luke was unfortunate to lose the second despite executing a perfect double leg sweep which was ignored by the Russian judge.  Team silver !

James Eade went into his final and took a comfortable 3-1 lead but failed to hang onto it and allowed the match to go into enchosen at which point after a quick exchange the referees gave it the other way.  Another silver !

Despite the disappointment of losing 4 of the 5 finals on reflection it was the first time KSE had made five senior finals so it proved that the preparation had been good and that this could be a stepping stone for future International success.

Well done all the squad and also to Coaches Ian Cuthbert , Dan Cuthbert and Dave Phillips and officials Mark Green and Anna Engwell.