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Croatia’s Lucija Lesjak becomes world karate champion

Lucija Lesjak wins gold (Photo: Croatian Karate Union)

SANTIAGO, 27 October 2019 – Croatia’s Lucija Lesjak has become a world champion after winning gold at the U21 Karate World Championship in Chile on Sunday. 

Lesjak beat Austria’s Lora Ziller in the kumite +68 kg final to claim the gold medal. 

On her way to the final, Lesjak won five matches. In the semi-final she was too good for Mexico’s Nadia Michel Aguirre Galarza, winning 3-1.

Lucija during the national anthem at her medal ceremomy (Photo: Croatian Karate Union)

Lucija, who is originally from Međimurje, is a medical student in Zagreb. Lucija juggles studies and trainings and this summer she also won gold at the European Student Games. 

Lucija celebrates (Photo: Croatian Karate Union)

The U21 Championships, together with the XI WKF Junior and Cadet champs, took place in Santiago, Chile from October 23 and 27.

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