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44th European Championships Sofia Bulgaria 14-19 February 2017
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The tournament started off with the Kata event. Representing England was Aimee Sell. Aimee only had to perform in three rounds and she started well winning her opening round as her Annan Kata beat her Greek opponents Gojushiho 4 flags to 1. The semi-final saw Aimee win with a 4-1 victory as her Chatanyara Kushanku Kata beat her Spanish rivals Annan Kata. The finals for the Kata were held later during the day with Aimee facing her second Greek opponent. Aimee performed Unshu and yet another 4-1 win saw her beat her opponent's Suparinpei Kata to claim Gold for the squad.
Lauren Tutty claimed Bronze in the U47kg category. Lauren lost her opening round fight 4-1 to Greece, however, she made the repechage rounds going for bronze. Lauren did fantastically well in her next fight and showed a lot of character as she pulled back a 4-0 deficit following a series of Gyakuzuki punches in the final 30 seconds to go on and win the fight to make the repechage final. In the fight-off for bronze she faced a Turkish opponent and beat her 5-3 to claim the squad's second medal of the day. Well done.
Hannah West's first round in the -54kg category was against Turkey. Hannah fought well but by the time she had settled into the fight her Turkish opponent had a big lead on points. Hannah fought hard to bring the score back but ran out of time with the final score 9-3 against her. Hannah made the repechage final and in the fight for bronze, Hannah once again fought hard but her Bosnian opponent managed to score 2 points near the end with Hannah just missing out on a medal.
In the Over 54kg category, Jessica Newton was up against Turkey in her opening round fight. Jessica did score but her opponent managed to beat her 3-1. Like Hannah, Jessica found herself in the repechage final facing another Turkish opponent. Both girls fought well but Jessica narrowly missed out on a medal losing 5-4 in the final seconds.
For both Hannah and Jessica this was their first international outing with the Junior EKF squad and although not medalling they both have gained a lot of experience from these championships.
Tomorrow the Male team will be competing at 10:00am local time with Kata followed by Kumite.
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