It was already published that on November 4-5, in the Dnipro Casio Cup, Ilya Koval from Odessa “Okinawa” club won in the category of kata (complex formal exercises) among the cadets (14-15 years). Alexander Kicherman from Kharkov “Vagr” club won in two categories – in kumite among juniors (16-17 years) in the weight category -61 kg; and in the absolute category, where the fighters competed regardless of weight. Another Odessa representative was Alexander Rosenberg from “Royal Team” club; he was the winner in kumite among adults in weight -84 kg, and won a bronze medal in the absolute category.
In Chernovtsi, at the main national tournament, our Jewish fighters performed again very well. Again there was no equal to Ilya Koval in his category. Alexander Kicherman finished the competition in third place, having won a bronze medal; he performed with a serious leg injury, overcoming pain.
24-year-old Alexander Rosenberg, who was the flag-bearer of the Ukrainian team at the 20th Maccabiah, took home two awards from Chernovtsi – gold and silver medals. He won the main medal in the individual kumite, and on the way to the final, Alexander took revenge against Nikolai Buryak from Kharkov for the defeat in the Dnipro tournament. Then Buryak fought very dirty, trying to injure his opponent’s legs. He constantly violated the rules also at the championship of Ukraine, but Alexander gave him a worthy fight and won. However, before the final against the favorite of the category Ilya Nikulin of from Lvov, Alexander spent a lot of time at the doctor of the tournament, cooling the damaged foot. But the injury did not prevent the champion of the Maccabiah to win a brilliant victory in his traditional style. Losing in the course of the match 0:2, Rosenberg first played one point, and literally a few seconds before the end he held two points blow and snatched the victory.
Alexander won the silver medal in the team kumite as part of Odessa region team. By the way, he was the only one in the team who won the fight against the contestant from Lvov in the final.
Thus, our Maccabim won a full medal kit with double gold at the Ukrainian Championship.
Among the prize winners of the championship there were such athletes as: Evgeny Schechter from Chernovtsi (bronze-kumite adults, -61 kg); Mark Volpov from Kiev (silver – kumite up to 21 years and kumite adults, -60 kg); Nikita Neiman from Nikolaev (silver – kumite cadets, -70 kg). So, the prospects of karate representatives from Ukraine in the next Maccabiah look very optimistic.
Igor Levenshtein, Vice-President of the Association of Sports Journalists of Ukraine