Karate: Tjaša Ristić Takes Silver at Euro Championships (Video)
STA, 30 March 2019 - Slovenia's Tjaša Ristić won the silver medal at the European Karate Championships in Spain's Gualadajara in the women's 61kg category, losing in Saturday's final to Merve Coban of Turkey 0:4. This is the best achievement for Slovenia in women's karate in history.
"I knew that it would be very difficult, as have never beaten the Turk, but I did not surrender in advance. Regardless of the defeat, I'm very happy," the 25-year-old from Kranj told the STA.
Ristić made it to the final with an excellent streak in which she beat Diana Petrescu of Israel (5:0), Bettina Alstadsaether of Norway (1:0) and Lynn Snel of Netherlands (3:2).
In the semi-finals, she demolished with 9:1 Ingrida Suchanikova of Slovakia, who eventually won the bronze medal.
The next stops for Ristić will be world series events in Morocco and Turkey in which she will be looking to score some more points in a bid to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.