Tallaght Martial Arts athlete Caradh wins medal at her very first Karate Irish Open

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Congratulations to Tallaght Martial Arts athlete Caradh O’Donovan who won a Bronze Medal at the Irish Open International Karate Tournament.

Caradh, a champion Kickboxer who has won World and European Kickboxing honours, only took up WKF Karate at the start of this year and within three months became Senior National Champion and a member of the Karate Ireland Squad.

Last weekend the Irish Open International drew over 600 competitors from countries such as Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal, France, GB and many many more to Dublin to compete in both the Kumite and Kata disciplines.

The event took place at the magnificent National Indoor Arena in Blanchardstown on Saturday.

Competing in her first ever WKF Karate International Event Caradh received a bye in the first round of the tournament and came up against Lisa Bracke from Belgium in the next round.

The experienced Belgian opponent was a difficult challenge and it wasn’t until half way through the bout that Caradh took a clear lead with a head kick and with that she took the win on a score of 3-0.

Caradh beat off opposition from Ireland following this and went on to meet the eventual winner from Luxembourg in the semi final. This was a very close contest with it ending in a draw at the end of time.

In Karate when a bout is tied at the end, the decision goes to the five judges to select a winner and unfortunately the judges opted to award the win to the Luxembourg fighter on this occasion.

Speaking following her last bout Caradh said:

“I had a lot of fun and learned a lot today.

“It’s always disappointing losing on a such a close margin,

“But this was a always going to be a learning experience for me ahead of Salzburg”.

Next up for the TMA athlete is the Karate Series A competition in Salzburg, Austria.

This event will be a bigger test with almost 100 competitors in her weight category alone registered to take part.

The following week she switches her focus back to Kickboxing to compete in the Bristol Open in the UK.