Oaklands student Carla kicks way to bronze medal

PUBLISHED: 13:56 12 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:42 26 October 2009

Carla, left, fought her way to secure the bronze medal

Carla, left, fought her way to secure the bronze medal

OAKLANDS student Carla Burkitt has won bronze at the Karate European Championships in Paris. Seventeen-year-old Carla from the Oaklands College Athletics Academy came out fighting in the U53kg category of the competition. Carla's performance started fast

OAKLANDS student Carla Burkitt has won bronze at the Karate European Championships in Paris.

Seventeen-year-old Carla from the Oaklands College Athletics Academy came out fighting in the U53kg category of the competition.

Carla's performance started fast and sharp in the first round.

Her Macedonian opponent had no reply to her technique as she scored with practically every attack.

Carla walked off the mat early an 8-0 winner.

The teenager's second round fight was a lot tougher, as she walked straight into a Jodan Mawashigeri kick within the opening seconds of the fight.

A Gyakuzuki punch reply from Carla reduced the deficit to two points and she pressurised her Turkish opponent into every corner trying to score the vital point.

With the next point going to Turkey, the score now stood at 4-1.

A contact warning for the Turkish fighter reduced the gap to 4-2 but Carla just simply ran out of time to claw the points back.

Carla made the repechage semi-final and faced a Swiss opponent.

The Oaklands student scored the opening point in 30 seconds, followed by a penalty point for contact given away by her Swiss opponent.

This saw Carla take a four point lead. Another point opened the gap to five and another Swiss warning gave Carla a 7-0 advantage.

Winning the final point, Carla was able to see off her opponent with a convincing 8-0 win, leaving her in the repechage final fighting for the bronze medal.

The 17-year-old won the opening point against her Hungarian opponent.

But she then gave away a contact warning point, levelling the score at 1-1.

She extended her lead again with a Gyakuzuki punch and scored with it again to lead 3-1.

A Jodan Gyakuzuki one point score extended her cushion to 4-1 and another took it to 5-1, then 6-1 seconds later to secure the medal.

Now Carla has her sights firmly placed on the Commonwealth Karate Championships due to be held in Mumbai, India.

There is also the World Karate Championships in Rabat, Morocco later in the year to look forward to where once again Carla will be a medal hopeful for her country.

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