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Karate kids shine at world championships
5:00pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Sport
BASINGSTOKE Su-Ha-Ri Karate School stars enjoyed great success at the seventh Wado International Karate-Do World Championships at the K2 arena Crawley.
It was the first time the event has been on home soil for over 25 years.
In total of 22 countries took part, presided over by World Chief Instructor and head of the Su-Ha-Ri, Sensei Jon Wicks 8th dan.
England sent a 53-man team, six of them from the Basingstoke area.
Leading the charge was former European champion, 18-year-old Jim Feighery-Murphy from Winklebury.
It was his first time competing with the seniors and he battled through the rounds in the plus 84kg category to reach the semi-finals.
There he narrowly lost to world champion Robbin Ooms, but came back strongly to win his bronze medal fight.
Feighery-Murphy then joined up with two other seniors for the three-man team event.
After beating Ireland and Denmark in the early rounds, they were stopped by eventual winners United States.
That set up a bronze medal fight against Holland, which earned the Winklebury fighter his second medal.
Unfortunately, due to an old injury, he was then forced to withdraw from the Open weight category.
Sibi Kumara (10) from Popley led the way for the newcomers. He took part in the boys 10 to 11 years team event.
They defeated Holland and Cyprus to face Sweden in the final. After the first England boy lost, the second won, so Kumara’s fight proved decisive.
With the lead changing hands throughout the fight, the Popley lad scored the winning point in the last few seconds, giving England a 2-1 victory in matches and crowning the team World Team Champions.
At only eight-years old, Anthony Parmar from Worting became the youngest competitor ever in a WIKF International competition.
He took part in the under-10 kata (form) event and scored highly in the first round, earning him a place in the top eight that went through to the finals, where he just missed out on a medal.
Phoebe Davis also made a splendid debut, taking a bronze in the girls’ 14 to 15 team event. Miles Keates won bronze in the boys’ 14 to 15 under 57kg category.
Ben Casey from Pamber End took bronze in the boys’ 14 to 15 under 52 kg category.
England finished second in the medal table behind Denmark and their coach, Kevin McAuslan-Crine, said: “It was an outstanding performance by everyone.
“Despite being injured, Jim (Feighery-Murphy) has firmly stamped his mark in the seniors by almost beating the world champion.
“Jim has been the only one from Basingstoke flying the flag for England for the last few years, so I’m so glad to see others following his footsteps.
“All the first timers medalled in fighting and Anto (Anthony Parmar) reached the final for kata.
“That is amazing! The club is really going from strength to strength.”
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