Two bronzes from the European Karate Championship for Cadets, Juniors and U21
On the The European Karate Championship for Cadets, Juniors and Junior Seniors U21, which was held from February 3 to 5, 2023 in Larnaca, Cyprus, the Macedonian national team in the U21 discipline -84 and +84 kg. Vitomir Trajkovski и Stefan Stojanovic, won bronze medals.
In the first round Trajkovski defeated the representative from Italy, Fiore Matteo with 2:1, in the second round he won against the Portuguese Miranda Jose with 4:3, in the third round he defeated the Croatian Aleksandar Kalabac with 4:1, while in the fourth round he suffered a defeat by Ukrainian Maksim Bukhayov with 1:2.
Furthermore, in the repechage, he won a victory against the representative from Belgium, Danil Anisivo, by decision with a score of 4:4, with which our competitor won the third place and the bronze medal.
In the first round, Stojanovic defeated the representative from Georgia, Merabi Gelashvili, with a score of 2:0, in the second round, he defeated the representative from Ireland, Lee Sheridan, with a score of 2:0, in the third round, he won against the representative from the Czech Republic with a score of 4:3, and in the fourth round he lost to the Italian Matteo Avancini with 4:5. In the rematch, he met the representative from Slovakia, Malik Bagaev, against whom he won third place and a bronze medal with a score of 4:0.
Of the rest of our karate players, they were the most successful in the women's competition Viktorija Jovanovska in the category U21 -61 kg. with fifth place won, seventh position for Simona Nikolovska in the category U21 +68, and four ninth places, three of them in U21 Bojan Kostov, Mario Swinarski, Yusra Ademi and in junior competition Gresa Mustafai.
- In general, I am satisfied with the performance of all the representatives, although it could have been much better. However, two third places, one fifth and one seventh place is a solid performance for me as a coach. It remains for us to work even harder and fix all the flaws that we have seen. The competitors and the entire delegation were up to the task, motivated and all of them gave their support to achieve the final result - says the coach of U21, Martin Nestorovski.
A total of 1114 karate fighters from a total of 48 countries participated in this competition.