W.A.K.O. European Championships 2008 (Varna)

W.A.K.O. European Championships 2008 in Varna were the joint twenty European kickboxing championships held by the W.A.K.O. organization arranged by the Bulgarian kickboxing chief Boyan Kolev, with the second event to be held the next month in Oporto, Portugal. It was the second W.A.K.O. event to be held in Varna and Bulgaria (the last was in 1992) and involved around 500 amateur men and women from 35 countries across Europe.

W.A.K.O. European Championships 2008 (Varna)
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The poster for W.A.K.O. European Championships 2008 (Varna).
Information
PromotionW.A.K.O.
Date22–25 October 2008
VenuePalace of Culture and Sports
CityBulgaria Varna, Bulgaria
Event chronology
W.A.K.O. World Championships 2007 (Coimbra) W.A.K.O. European Championships 2008 (Varna) W.A.K.O. European Championships 2008 (Oporto)

There were four styles on offer at Varna: Full-Contact and Semi-Contact kickboxing, Musical Forms and Aero-Kickboxing. Only one competitor per weight division were allowed to participate in the Full and Semi-Contact divisions and this also applied for Aero-Kickboxing (which had no weight divisions), while Musical Forms was allowed two maximum per country. The other styles (Low-Kick, K-1, Light-Contact) would be available at the later event in Portugal. The top nation by the end of the championships was Hungary, with regular leaders Russia in second and Ukraine in third. The event was held over four days at the Palace of Culture and Sports in Varna, Bulgaria, starting on Wednesday, 22 October and ending on Saturday, 25 October 2008.[1][2]

Full-ContactEdit

Full-Contact is a style of kickboxing where punches and kicks are allowed to be thrown by the participants at full force, with strikes below the waist prohibited. Most fights result in a judge’s decision or stoppage victory and as with most other forms of amateur kickboxing, head and various body protection must be worn. More information on Full-Contact and the rules can be found at the official W.A.K.O. website.[3] The men had twelve weight divisions in Varga ranging from 51 kg/112.2 lbs to over 91 kg/+200.2 lbs while the women had seven ranging from 48 kg/105.6 lbs to over 70 kg/+143 lbs. Unlike previous W.A.K.O. championships there was not an influx of talent at the Varga event with only several repeat winners such as Alexey Tokarev, having won gold at the world championships in Coimbra the previous year, and Serhiy Cherkaskyy and Hamza Kendircioğlu, having won gold medals at the Europeans in Lisbon two years before. Russia were the strongest nation in the style, pipping neighbours Ukraine into first place by virtue of having won five golds, two silvers and two bronze.[4]

Men's Full-Contact Kickboxing Medals TableEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light Bantamweight -51 kg Vyacheslav Kanayev   Ivan Sciolla   Artem Skobchenko  
Wojciech Perit  
Bantamweight -54 kg Serhiy Cherkaskyy   Franck Gross   Filip Ehsan  
Ilnaz Sayfullin  
Featherweight -57 kg Alexander Shamray   Damian Ławniczak   Gregor Debeljak  
Johannes Wolf  
Lightweight -60 kg Vasily Zaytsev   Søren Jørgensen   Prodan Iovchev  
Emrah Ogut  
Light Welterweight -63.5 kg Gabor Gorbics   Kenan Gunaydin   Kostyantyn Demoretskyy  
Tomasz Pietraszewski  
Welterweight -67 kg Edmond Mebenga   Davyd Ahakhanov   Ibrahim Cicek  
Jarkko Jussila  
Light Middleweight -71 kg Christian Kvatningen   Vladimir Tarasov   Svetoslav Malechkov  
Przemysław Ziemnicki  
Middleweight -75 kg Andreas Lødrup   Stilian Angelov   Pavel Garaj  
Viktor Pethes  
Light Heavyweight -81 kg Igor Prykhodko   Artak Aganesyan   Ferenc Hosszu  
Igor Emkic  
Cruiserweight -86 kg Mairis Briedis   Rafał Aleksandrowicz   Gamal Hazimeh  
Petar Iliev  
Heavyweight -91 kg Alexey Tokarev   Denys Simkin   Veniamin Davidis  
Ladislav Kacmarak  
Super Heavyweight +91 kg Hamza Kendircioğlu   Jukka Saarinen   Jacek Puchacz  
Tihamer Brunner  

Women's Full-Contact Kickboxing Medals TableEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Bantamweight -48 kg Vira Makresova   Marja-Liisa Väänänen   Plamena Dimova  
Therese Gunnarsson  
Featherweight -52 kg Nadiya Khayenok   Mette Solli   Sabine Seifert  
Liza Padazi  
Lightweight -56 kg Valeriya Ishakova   Eva Maria Naranjo   Tonje Sørlie  
Zsuzsanna Szuknai  
Middleweight -60 kg Thea Therese Næss   Maria Konstadelov   Monika Florek  
Sanja Samardzic  
Light Heavyweight -65 kg Katarina Furmaniau   Julia Irmen   Anne Katas  
Oleksandra Pliusnina  
Heavyweight -70 kg Caroline Ek   Marija Pejakovic   Irena Gavrelova  
Nives Radic  
Super Heavyweight +70 kg Zeliha Dogrugunes   Karen Dews   Adina Cocieru  
Valeria Mercurio  

Semi-ContactEdit

Semi-Contact is the least physical of the contact kickboxing styles available at W.A.K.O. events. It involves the participants throwing controlled strikes at targets above the waist, with point's scored on the basis of speed and technique with power prohibited. Despite the less physical nature all contestants must wear head and various body protection - more detail on the Semi-Contact and the rules can be found on the official W.A.K.O. website.[5] At Vargas the men had nine weight divisions ranging from 57 kg/125.4 lbs to over 94 kg/+206.8 lbs while the women had six, ranging from 50 kg/110 lbs to over 70 kg/154 lbs and there was also a mixed team event.

Although not full of recognisable faces there were several winners from recent world and European championships with Zsolt Moradi and Zsofia Minda picking up their third gold medals in a row at W.A.K.O. championships, while Andrea Lucchese, Marco Culiersi, Anna Kondar and Gloria De Bei had also won at the last world championships. By the end of the championships, Hungary were easily the most dominant nation in the style, winning ten gold, two silver and two bronze, which also included winning the team event as well.[6]

Men's Semi-Contact Kickboxing Medals TableEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
-57 kg Richard Veres   Robbie Hughes   Jason Doyle  
Piotr Bakowski  
-63 kg Andrea Lucchese   Viktor Hirsch   Klemen Buzina  
Vitaly Timofeev  
-69 kg Laszlo Gombos   Domenico De Marco   Michael Gebhart  
Christian Welker  
-74 kg Tamas Imre   Gregorio Di Leo   Morten Spissoy  
Nikos Memmos  
-79 kg Zsolt Moradi   Stella Neri   Rami-Alexandras Raslan  
Billy Bryce  
-84 kg Kristian Jaroszkiewicz   Robert Knödelseder   Andreas Anelopoulos  
Zvonmir Gribl  
-89 kg Michel Decian   Drew Neal   Zoltan Dancso  
Dave Hetternan  
-94 kg Giuseppe De Marco   Peter Csikos   Gunther Wenninger  
Petr Kotik  
+94 kg Tibor Wappel   Lee Matthews   Daniel Handel  
Gunter Wohlwend  

Women's Semi-Contact Kickboxing Medals TableEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
-50 kg Sharon Gill   Valentina Barbieri   Sinead Beasley  
Ksenia Guralnik  
-55 kg Dorota Godzina   Sharon McDermott   Linda Fogliano  
Klaudia Diligens  
-60 kg Gloria De Bei   Ida Abrahamsen   Emilia Szablowska  
Fadeeva Svetlana  
-65 kg Bojan Dancsecs   Elaine Small   Irena Kobosilova  
Ina Grindheim  
-70 kg Zsofia Minda   Ana Znaor   Natalie Cassidy  
Adriane Doppler  
+70 kg Anna Kondar   Ciara McShane   Jennifer Otoo  
Maria Mauriello  

Team's Semi-Contact Kickboxing Medals TableEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team Hungary   Italy   Germany  
Great Britain  

Musical FormsEdit

Musical Forms is a type of non-physical competition which sees the contestants fighting against imaginary foes using Martial Arts techniques - more information on the style can be found on the W.A.K.O. website.[7] Unlike Full and Semi-Contact kickboxing there were no weight divisions, only male and female competitions and competitors were allowed to compete in more than one category with some countries having than one athlete in each category. The men and women at Varga competed in four different styles explained below:

There were a few familiar winners in Musical Forms at Varga, with regular gold medallists Andrey Bosak and Maria Pekarchyk winning two events each and Veronika Dombrovskaya winning one. By the end of the championships Russia were the top nation in Musical Forms winning four gold, six silver and one bronze.[8]

Men's Musical Forms Medals TableEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Hard Styles Andrey Savushkin   Phil Campbell   Alberto Leonardi  
Soft Styles Andrey Bosak   Nikita Pavlov   Sedat Sagiroglu  
Hard Styles - Weapons Massimiliano Castellacci   Andrey Savushkin   Kevin Cetout  
Soft Styles - Weapons Andrey Bosak   Nikita Pavlov   Filippo Fontana  

Women's Musical Forms Medals TableEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Hard Styles Maria Pekarchyk   Elena Chirkova   Anastasiya Ovod  
Soft Styles Veronika Dombrovskaya   Inna Bekestovaya   Danausova Darya  
Hard Styles - Weapons Maria Pekarchyk   Anna Likhonina   Anastasiya Ovod  
Elena Chirkova  
Soft Styles - Weapons Ekaterina Chizhikova   Veronika Dombrovskaya   Danausova Darya  

Aero-KickboxingEdit

Aero-Kickboxing is a non-physical competition, involving participants using a mixture of aerobic and kickboxing techniques in time to specifically selected music. There are no weight divisions as with other forms of kickboxing in W.A.K.O. but there are separate male, female and team categories, with or without an aerobic step. As with Musical Forms, competitors were allowed to compete in more than one category and some countries had more than one athlete in each category. More information on Aero-Kickboxing and the rules can be found on the W.A.K.O. website.[9] Although a lower prestige sport compared to other events, Mikhail Gerasimov stood out amongst the winners by taking gold in both men's events. The top nation in Aero-Kickboxing was Hungary who claimed four golds, one silver and one bronze, which included winning both of the team events.[10]

Men's Aero-Kickboxing Medals TableEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Aero Individual without Step Mikhail Gerasimov   Mihaly Perneki   İnanç Kahveci  
Aero Individual with Step Mikhail Gerasimov   Husrev Uzunali   Mihaly Perneki  

Women's Aero-Kickboxing Medals TableEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Aero Individual without Step Brigitta Gazdag   Darya Danausova   Tina Gerbec  
Aero Individual with Step Marianna Hegyi   Olena Sereda   Darya Danausova  

Team Aero-Kickboxing Medals TableEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Aero Team without Step Hungary   Croatia   Austria  
Aero Team with Step Hungary   Croatia   No bronze awarded

Overall Medals Standing (Top 5)Edit

Ranking Country Gold   Silver   Bronze  
1   Hungary 15 3 7
2   Russia 11 8 6
3   Ukraine 4 4 8
4   Italy 4 6 6
5   Norway 3 3 3

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WAKO EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS VARNA 2008 (Event details)" (PDF). wakoweb.com. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  2. ^ "A BEAUTIFUL EVENT - . : WAKO World Association of Kickboxing ... (Event review)". wakoweb.com. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  3. ^ "WAKO Full contact Rules" (PDF). wakoweb.com. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  4. ^ "ALL RESULTS.zip (Results EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP FC, SC, MF and AERO VARNA (Bulgaria) 22.10.2008 - 25.10.2008)". wakoweb.com. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Semi-Contact Rules" (PDF). wakoweb.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  6. ^ "ALL RESULTS.zip (Results EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP FC, SC, MF and AERO VARNA (Bulgaria) 22.10.2008 - 25.10.2008)". wakoweb.com. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  7. ^ "WAKO Musical Forms Rules" (PDF). wakoweb.com. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  8. ^ "ALL RESULTS.zip (Results EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP FC, SC, MF and AERO VARNA (Bulgaria) 22.10.2008 - 25.10.2008)". wakoweb.com. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  9. ^ "WAKO Aero Kickboxing Rules" (PDF). wakoweb.com. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  10. ^ "ALL RESULTS.zip (Results EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP FC, SC, MF and AERO VARNA (Bulgaria) 22.10.2008 - 25.10.2008)". wakoweb.com. Retrieved 5 July 2011.

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