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Karlovac Open 2018, a successful European Cup

February 9-11, 2018, Karlovac (Croatia)

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In the period from 9 to 11 February 2018, the European Cup "Karlovac Open 2018" was held in Karlovac. It brought together 1866 competitors from 28 countries and 177 clubs. The competition was held under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Croatia, the Croatian Olympic Committee, the Croatian Central State Office for Sport, and gained support from the local community. The executive managers of the event were by the Croatian kickboxing Federation and the Kickboxing club "Tigar", and especially Mr. Zoran Cicvara.

The competition was held in two sports halls in order to achieve the highest quality. The big sports hall hosted the tatami disciplines (Point Fighting, Light Contact, Kick Light and Musical Forms), while another sport hall accomodated ring disciplines (Low Kick, Full Contact and K-1).

On the first day of the competition, Friday, February 9, team battles and musical forms were held, followed by an evening gala event in which the selected contestants fought in 8 fights for the special and very attractive kickboxing belts.

Winners in gala's fights were:

1. FULL CONTACT -60

RANDALL TENNESSEE

WALES

2. FULL CONTACT -67

LICHERI GIACOMO

ITALY

3. K-1 -63,5

CEGURCO VLADISLAV

MOLDOVA

4. K-1 -71

RADULOVIĆ NOVAK

SERBIA

5. K-1 -75

SAKAS LOAI

ISRAEL

6. FULL CONTACT -60

JOHN DALTON

WALES

7. LOW KICK -81

MAĐERIĆ MATIJA

CROATIA

8. K1 -81

BASARA ROBERT

CROATIA

On the second day of the event, Saturday February 10, fights (in point fighting) were held in the city sport hall, while the ring disciplines qualifications were disputed in the gymnasium.

On Sunday February 11 the light contact and Kick light disciplines fights were displayed in the city sport hall, while the finals of all categories in the ring disciplines were held in the smaller gymnasium sport hall.

The competition ended without any serious injury, thanks to very high-quality judges. There more than 70 judges and referees from almost all participating countries, who did their job demonstrating a very high level of professionalism; the chief referee for the tatami sports was Gina Englehardt from Netherland and the chief referees for ring sports were Zoran Šimurina from Serbia and Tomislav Novosel from Croatia. The WAKO organizing committee in Karlovac prepared the competition program so well that, despite a very large number of competitors and fights, each day the competition ended around 8 pm.

Participants:

ARMENIA

2

AUSTRIA

77

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

83

BULGARIA

122

CHINESE TAIPEI

2

CROATIA

502

DENMARK

7

FINLAND

4

FYR OF MACEDONIA

10

GEORGIA

1

GERMANY

33

GREECE

29

HUNGARY

386

ISRAEL

85

ITALY

142

KYRGYZSTAN

6

MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF

10

POLAND

19

PORTUGAL

2

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

8

SERBIA

44

SLOVAKIA

4

SLOVENIA

189

TUNISIA

2

UKRAINE

9

UNITED KINGDOM

74

UNITED STATES

4

WALES

10

TOTAL

1866

Medal statistics - by countries:

Rank: COUNTRY Gold Silver Bronze Total

1

HUNGARY

HUN

65

67

92

224

2

CROATIA

CRO

52

47

97

196

3

ITALY

ITA

31

22

19

72

4

SLOVENIA

SLO

28

21

38

87

5

BULGARIA

BUL

27

13

23

63

6

AUSTRIA

AUT

13

17

11

41

7

UNITED KINGDOM

GBR

9

16

18

43

8

GERMANY

GER

6

8

8

22

9

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

BIH

5

13

14

32

10

ISRAEL

ISR

5

1

11

17

Medal statistic - by clubs:

Rank Team Country Gold Silver Bronze Total

1

KIRALYTEAM KICKBOXING ACADEMY

HUN

26

14

17

57

2

MASARU

BUL

18

6

13

37

3

TEAM LOMBARDIA

ITA

15

13

11

39

4

DEBRECZENI TEAM

HUN

14

7

17

38

5

TIGAR KARLOVAC

CRO

11

8

18

37

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