Việt Nam win first-ever world kumite gold medal

October 30, 2022 - 14:30
Việt Nam win a gold medal from the World U21, Junior and Cadet Karate Championship which is ongoing in Konya, Turkey.


Nguyễn Thị Diệu Ly on the top podium of the junior female kumite 53kg class of the World U21, Junior and Cadet Karate World Championship in Konya, Turkey. Photo courtesy of Vũ Sơn Hà

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam win a gold medal at the World U21, Junior and Cadet Karate Championship, which is ongoing in Konya, Turkey.

Nguyễn Thị Diệu Ly defeated Nejma Imitik of Marocco 2-0 in the final of the junior female kumite 53kg class on October 29.

It is the first gold for Việt Nam at this tournament and the country's second karate gold in history.

"It is the first time that Việt Nam have won world gold in the kumite (combat) event. It is the second for our karate team, following the first in kata (performance) by Nguyễn Thị Hoàng Ngân in 2008," said Vũ Sơn Hà, head of the Karate Department of the Việt Nam Sports Administration from Turkey.

Việt Nam's previous best kumite result went to Nguyễn Thị Ngoan, who won gold in the women's 61kg class of the 2017 Karate1-Premier League, one of the most important league events in the world of karate.

To advance to the final, Ly, the younger sister of Ngoan, beat Izaguirre Galdamez Estefany Rachel of El Salvador 8-0, Loeher Larie of Germany 9-0, and Kvasnicova Nina of Slovakia 4-1 in the group round.

She overcame Yahiaoui Kenza of Algeria 2-0 in the semi-final before beating Maroccan Imitik in the gold-medal match.

Việt Nam also secured a silver medal from Nguyễn Phương Thảo in the junior female kumite 48kg class. She lost 8-0 to Aly Ganna of Egypt.

The world championship featured almost 1,900 athletes from 105 countries and territories. — VNS