Asian champion Hari Sankar Sureeya Sankar was bundled out in the second round of the World Karate Championships (Cadet, Junior and Under-21) in Santiago de Chile.
Hari Sankar had opened account with a win over Canadian Shon Zinger in the Men’s Junior Kumite Below 55kg but could not get the better of American Frank Ruiz in the second round.
He was a bronze medalist in the Cadet below 52kg at the last world championships and was participating in the higher category this time around.
The event was eventually won by Algerian Ayoub Anis Helassa who beat Abdel Ali Jina of Morocco in the final.
The Junior category kumite events was dominated by the Egyptians, winning three golds in the category.
Yasmin Nasr Elgewily started the ball rolling the Egyptians in the women’s kumite below 48kg when she defeated Russia’s Elizaveta Grigoreva 3-0.
Ahmed Aiman Lotfy took the gold in the men’s kumite below 61kg when he beat Azerbaijan’s Huseyn Mammadli 2-1 in a very technical bout.
The golden performance of Egyptian karatekas was completed with Hazem Ahmed Mohamed’s victory in above 76kg when he stopped local hero Benjamin Nunez with a 3-0 win.
In one of the most outstanding demonstrations of the day, Ivana Perovic became world champion in the women’s below 59kg following a convincing 8-0 victory over Benedicte Nora Handelsby of Norway. Perovic reached the eight-point difference ahead of the regulation time.
Marina Vukovic was one of the big winners of the day since the Austrian karateka became their first-ever champion with a tight 2-1 victory over Valeriia Golubeva of Russia.
Meanwhile, France claimed their first World crown here in Santiago as Assma Charif prevailed in Junior Female Kumite -53kg. The French athlete who won bronze in Karate 1-Youth League Limassol this year beat Ivana Kamenova of Bulgaria 2-0.
Turkey leads the overall medal tally with a tally of 4-4-2 while Egypt has a haul of 4-3-3.
Malaysia won a solitary bronze through Ooi San Hong in the men’s Under-21 kata earlier ths week.
RESULTS JUNIOR KUMITE
Below 55kg: 1. Ayoub Anis Helassa (Alg), 2. Abdel Ali Jina (Mor), 3. Afeef Ghaith (Jor) and Sultan Huzeynov (Aze)
Below 61kg: : 1. Ahmed Aiman Lotfy (Egy), 2. Huseyn Mammadli (Aze), 3. Abdallah Hammad (Jor) and Jacob Smart (Sco)
Below 68kg: : 1. Bojan Boskovic (Mon), 2. Daniil Gretski (Rus), 3. Hasan Masarweh (Jor) and Daniele De Vivo (Ita)
Below 76kg: : 1. Mehdi Sriti (Mor), 2. Diego Guerra (Chi), 3. Huseyn Huseynzade (Aze) and Mahmoud Gaber Mansour (Egy)
Above 76kg: : 1. Hazem Ahmed Mohamed (Egy), 2. Benjamin Nunez (Chi), 3. Dawid Sobkowiak (Pol) and Aviles Antonio Angel Alvarez (Esp)
Below 48kg: : 1. Yasmin Nasr Elgewily (Egy), 2. Elizaveta Grigoreva (Rus) 3. Aleksandra Grujic (Aut) and Margot Soulier (Fra)
Below 53kg: : 1. Assma Charif (Fra), 2. Ivana Kamenova (Bul), 3. Erika Batakujevic (Den) and Polina Gurenko (Aze)
Below 59kg: : 1. Ivana Perovic (Ser), 2. Nora Benedicte Handlesby (Nor), 3. Oksana Bazeliuk (Ukr) and Emma Marie Elisabeth (Fra)
Above 59kg: : 1. Marina Vukovic (Aut), 2. Valeria Golubeva (Rus), 3. Nour Ehab Aboshowyka (Egy) and Niamh Junner (Sco)