Premier League in Paris: Italy wins 5 finals – La Gazzetta dello Sport


First stage of the international circuit 2020 with the Olympic points at stake: in the final for the gold Viviana Bottaro, Luca Maresca and the female kata team, for the bronze Luigi Busà and the male kata team. The finals live on

Still Italy! The blue finals at the first stage of the Premier League, taking place in Paris, rise to five. After the two for the gold won on Friday by Viviana Bottaro and Luca Maresca and the two for the bronze obtained by Luigi Busà and the men’s kata team (Iodice, Panagia, Gallo), another final was added yesterday: the team female kata, made up of Terryana D’Onofrio, Michela Pezzetti and Caroa Casale, shone in the group stage with the highest score of 24.86, thanks to the excellent performance of the kata Paiku. An excellent start for the national team that aims to conquer key points for the Olympic ranking and the subsequent qualification in Tokyo 2020. The finals on Sunday 26 January will be broadcast live on, with the technical comment by Chiara Soldi: from 9.30 to 13.30 for bronze, from 14.30 to 16.30 for gold.

The finals

Viviana Bottaro, in the women’s individual kata, is ready to relive the European final where in March she saw the Spanish Sandra Sanchez conquering the continental crown, leaving her the silver. The challenge against the number one in the ranking will be exciting and the blue will try to take revenge. Luca Maresca also knows his opponent well, the Frenchman Steven Dacosta, already met several times in the -67 kg. For the blue it is the first final in a Premier League after exactly one year, the last (silver, ed) played it right in Paris 2019. Challenge between eternal rivals that between the women’s kata teams, where Italy will see it with Spain. Luigi Busà, however, is determined to return to the -75 kg podium after a 2019 ended with the bronze of the Spanish stage in Madrid: for the third step of the podium he will face the Japanese Yusei Sakiyama. Finally, the men’s kata team will face the Kuwaiti team, a tough opponent, but to which Italy can snatch the bronze.

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