Five European titles for Bulgaria from the kickboxing champion for men and women in Antalya
Bulgarian competitors won five titles at the European Kickboxing Championships in Antalya (Turkey), after the national team took two more gold medals on the final day.
Kiril Iliev is already a two-time European champion after winning the gold in two separate tatami styles (kicklight contact and light contact) in the category up to 57 kg.
In the same style among women, Kalina Koleva is the European vice-champion in kickboxing in the category up to 55 kg. Before that, she also took bronze on tatami in point fighting style.
Alexandra Dimitrova became the European champion in Antalya, decisively defeating the home representative Emine Aslan in the category up to 52 kg full contact style. Dimitrova’s title carries a lot of weight because of the star business card of her rival. Emine Aslan is a two-time world champion from the championship in 2019 and 2021.
Thus, Bulgaria finished the championship with five titles, five silver medals and ten bronze medals.
European champions were Borislav Radulov (point fighting, cat. up to 57 kg), Kiril Iliev (light contact, cat. up to 57 kg), Kiril Iliev (kicklight, cat. up to 57 kg), Ognyan Mirchev (K1, cat. up to 63 .5 kg), Alexandra Dimitrova (full contact, category up to 52 kg).
Nationals Kalina Koleva (kicklight, up to 55 kg), Kristina Nikolova (kicklight, up to 50 kg), Mario Arzhanov (full contact, up to 54 kg), Ali Yuzeir (K1, up to 75 kg) and Hristo Kalaidjiev will return with silver medals. (low kick, up to 86 kg).
Bronze medalists are Kalina Koleva (point fighting, 55 kg), Kristina Nikolova (point fighting, 50 kg), Kristina Nikolova (light contact, up to 50 kg), Ivan Krastanov (kicklight contact, 79 kg), Mihail Georgiev (kicklight, 63 ). kg), Petyo Futlev (kicklight contact, 69 kg), Georgi Denev (K1, 57 kg), Alexander Rybnikov (low kick, 67 kg), Iliya Nenov (low kick, 81 kg), Teodor Hristov (K1, 81 kg) .
Bulgarian judge Denitsa Milenkova received a prize for the best tatami referee for women at the European Championship in Antalya, and Kamen Slavov received a higher international judge category “B”.