Yuki Ujihara (21) dreamed big before the European Kata Championships in Turkey. “A medal is the goal. But: The European championship title is certainly not impossible, »said the Japanese-Swiss dual citizen to Blick.
After his first appearances on Wednesday morning it is clear: Winning the title will not work. The world number ten loses the semi-final duel against the Olympic silver medalist Damian Quintero from Spain by a narrow margin. A mere 0.4 points are missing for Ujihara to reach the final. Nevertheless, he is happy after the first day of competition: “I am very satisfied with my performance,” he writes Blick.
On Saturday, Ujihara, who was bullied in his school days, meets France’s Franck Ngoan in the fight for bronze. A feasible task: “I think I have a good chance against him. I was able to beat him at the last World Cup.” The signs are good that he can defend his European Championship bronze medal from last year.