Giana Lotfy of Egypt, left, and Anita Serogina of Ukraine compete in the women s kumite -61kg elimination round for karate at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. AP
Egyptian Karate fighter Giana Farouk has claimed bronze medal of the Women’s Kumite’s -61kg event after losing by Hantei 1-1 to the 2019 Asian Champion and 2018 World Championship silver medalist Xiaoyan Yin of China in the semifinals on Friday.
The 26-year-old secured a fourth medal for Egypt at the Tokyo Olympic Games after Taekwondo fighters Hedaya Malak, Seif Issa and Greco-roman wrestler Mohamed Ibrahim Elsayed “Kesho” managed to get on the Olympic podium.
Farouk, a two-time world champion in 2014 and 2016, won her first three matches in the qualifying Group B to secure a top two spot and seal her passage to the last four.
She started her campaign beating the 2019 Pan-American Champion Alexandra Grande Risco of Peru 2-0, before edging past Ukrainian fighter Anita Serogina 2-1, who won the silver medal in this year’s European Championship, and then produced a masterclass against Btissam Sadini of Morocco 5-0 to secure her passage to the Olympic podium.
In her final group stage fight, she lost against the 2018 World champion and 2021 European Champion Jovana Prekovic of Serbia by Senshu (1-1) to finish as second of Group B with six points two behind the Serbian leader.
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