Madrid (APA) – Betina Plank from Vorarlberg fights for a bronze medal at the Karate World Championship on Saturday (16:15) in a class of up to 50 kg. Therefore, the third parties of the world cup from Linz 2016, red-white-red medals hope for individual competitions. Because, first of all, Alisa Buchinger was retired on Wednesday, world champion Linz was defeated in the category of up to 61 kg in the second round.
The closest match for Plank was in the beginning, against Chilean Gabriele Brune won after a draw from 0: 0. He followed 1-0 against Algerian Imane Taleb and against Carolina Gonzalez of Guane, after 0-0 and 5-0 by the referee , before he was a combatant against Kumite in semifinals 0-6 against Japan's Miha Miihar. France's triple champion Alexander Reci withdrew to round one.
"I still do not know if I should be happy or disappointed, I must first let everything go down," said European champion Plank after he missed the finals. "Now I have two days to figure my head and concentrate on the goal of bronze medal." On Thursday, it is in the fifth world rankings with the Austrian team in use.
For Buchinger started according to the plan, against Panameš's Ortega Karraska was 3-0 and against Tunisia Bouthein Hasanoui after 0-0 and 3-2 by the referee's decision. However, in the second round he scored 0: 1 against Haia Juma, and the Canadians wrongly awarded the goal in the opinion of the Austrian coach and coach Manfred Eppenschwandtner. Buchinger: "At the moment I'm not lucky, a very questionable technique has been recorded against me."
Luca Rettenbacher celebrated in the class up to 75kg victory by defeating Lee Ka Vei from Hong Kong after 0-0 and the referee's decision. In the second round he came against English Joe Kelavai with 0: 1. For each first round, the last stop was Julia Reiter (-55 kg), Nina Vorderleitner (-68 kg), Stefan Pokorni (-67 kg) and Niklas Hormann -84 kg).