Young promising karatekas were crowned the new world champions in junior categories and emerged as top favourites to qualify for Buenos Aires 2018. As the event in Tenerife marks the first big tournament in the race to the Youth Olympic Games, athletes winning gold in the junior categories of the underage World Championships put their names forward to be in the Argentinean capital next year. 

In the race to Buenos Aires 2018, the Kazhakstan delegation had plenty of reasons to celebrate. The Asian country finished the day with two gold medals as Yerkinbek Baitureyev beat Hummat Bakhsaliyev of Azerbaijan by 1-0 in Junior Male Kumite -61kg and Sofya Berultseva became world champion after defeating Madeleine Schroeter of Germany by 2-0. 

“It is very important for us and for our country all that is happening here. In 2013, we got two bronze medals; in 2015 we won one silver and one bronze medals, and now in just two days we got two golds and one bronze medals. We are lucky to be here,” said Sofya Berultseva. “I feel good, I feel very good. Thank you very much to everyone,” added Yerkinbek Baitureyev.


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