Olympics-Karate-'Queens of kata' kick off Games debut, vying for gold

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Olympics-Karate-'Queens of kata' kick off Games debut, vying for gold

Olympics-Karate-'Queens of kata' kick off Games debut, vying for gold

TOKYO : The women's solo 'kata' competition kicked off karate's first foray into the Olympics on Thursday with the 10 karateka performing routines in a hushed, spectator-less Nippon Budokan arena, the spiritual home of Japanese martial arts in Tokyo.At the conclusion of the elimination rounds, it seemed c

TOKYO : The women's solo"kata" competition kicked off karate's first foray into the Olympics on Thursday with the 10 karateka performing routines in a hushed, spectator-less Nippon Budokan arena, the spiritual home of Japanese martial arts in Tokyo.

At the conclusion of the elimination rounds, it seemed clear the contest for the gold medal would be - as widely expected - between Japan's Kiyou Shimizu and Spain's Sandra Sanchez.Their averages were 27.70 and 27.43, respectively, head-and-shoulders above the rest, while their tied, table-topping scores in the ranking rounds confirmed them as the finalists.

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LinkedIn TOKYO : The women's solo"kata" competition kicked off karate's first foray into the Olympics on Thursday with the 10 karateka performing routines in a hushed, spectator-less Nippon Budokan arena, the spiritual home of Japanese martial arts in Tokyo.Share this content Bookmark MOSCOW: Russian karate athlete Anna Chernysheva has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out of the Tokyo Olympics, Russia's Karate Federation said.Share this content Bookmark MOSCOW: Russian karate athlete Anna Chernysheva has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out of the Tokyo Olympics, Russia's Karate Federation said.Advertisement Sport For the first time since 2008, the 200 metres will be without triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica and a new generation of sprinters began their bids to succeed him on Tuesday with Team USA particularly impressive in early heats.

At the conclusion of the elimination rounds, it seemed clear the contest for the gold medal would be - as widely expected - between Japan's Kiyou Shimizu and Spain's Sandra Sanchez. Their averages were 27. Advertisement Advertisement "Her COVID-19 test, compulsory for all participants at the Games, was positive.70 and 27." On Wednesday, the federation said Chernysheva was feeling fine physically and had no other signs of illness.43, respectively, head-and-shoulders above the rest, while their tied, table-topping scores in the ranking rounds confirmed them as the finalists. Chernysheva won gold at the European Championships earlier this year in the women's 55kg event. As the two"queens of kata" performed, photographers got busier, their camera shutters adding to the only other sounds of the competitors' snap-cracking dogi and mid-routine shouts. 03 Aug 2021 01:45PM Share this content Bookmark TOKYO: For the first time since 2008, the 200 metres will be without triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica and a new generation of sprinters began their bids to succeed him on Tuesday with Team USA particularly impressive in early heats.

In kata, practitioners demonstrate offensive and defensive techniques against a virtual opponent, choosing from 102 forms with esoteric-sounding names like Chatanyara Kushanku and Suparinpei that they yell out before they begin. Advertisement Advertisement Russian athletes are competing under the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) flag at the Tokyo Olympics as part of sanctions for several doping scandals. Advertisement Advertisement Russian athletes are competing under the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) flag at the Tokyo Olympics as part of sanctions for several doping scandals. The execution of the three-minute kata, which come from the four main styles of karate - Goju-Ryu, Shito-Ryu, Shotokan-Ryu and Wado-Ryu - is scored based on speed, rhythm, balance, sharpness and other factors. The first of the three-day tournament also includes the"kumite" sparring discipline in the men's -67kg and women's -55kg categories. (Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Himani Sarkar) Source: Reuters .