Winners at the second round of the Karate 1-Premier League season held at Rabat in Morocco ©WKF

Wafa Mahjoub of Tunisia won her first Karate 1-Premier League title, as she earned a surprise win in the Female Kumite under-61 kilograms category during the season’s second round in Rabat, Morocco.

Mahjoub won her first title at Premier League level by beating Assel Kanay of Kazakhstan 7-3.

Defending Grand Winner Yorgelis Salazar of Venezuela defeated Moldir Zhangbyrbay of Kazakhstan 10-6 with a demonstration of offensive karate to win the Female Kumite under-50 kilograms category.

World ranking leader Anzhelika Terliuga claimed her 14th Premier League title, with the Ukrainian defeating Trinity Allen of the United States 2-0 in a technical affair to win the Female Kumite under-55kg.

The Female Kumite under-68kg category saw what was billed as a clash of the titans in the final, with Grand Winner Irina Zaretska of Azerbaijan beating continental champion Elena Quirici of Switzerland 4-0 with a skilful display.

In the Female Kumite over-68kg category continental champion Ayumi Uekusa of Japan beat Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist Softya Berultseva of Kazakhstan 3-2 with a late ippon.

In the female kata event, Kiyou Shimizu of Japan won her 15th Premier League gold, with a 44.60 to 44.10 win over Mo Sheung Grace Lau of Hong Kong.

In the men’s events, Italy’s Angelo Crescenzo was victorious in the Male Kumite -60kg category, beating continental champion Abdullah Shaaban of Kuwait 4-0 to earn a fifth Premier League gold.

There was more Italian gold in the Male Kumite +84kg category, as Matteo Avanzini defeated Saudi Arabia’s Sanad Sufyani 3-1 to win his first title at Premier League level.

Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist Abdel Rahman Almasatfa of Jordan won the Male Kumite under-67kg title, overcoming Italian Gianluca De Vivo 3-1.

There was more Jordanian success in the Male Kumite under-84kg category, as continental champion Mohammad Aljafari beat Italy’s Matteo Flore 4-3.

The Male Kumite under-75kg category was won by Belgium’s Quentin Mahauden, who won his first gold at Premier League level courtesy of a 3-2 win over Sultan Alzahrani of Saudi Arabia.

Finally, in the male kata event, Grand Winner Kakeru Nishiyama of Japan, the current continental champion, produced a super display of suparinpei kata, beating Turkey’s Ali Sofuoglu 45.40 to 44.00.

The third round of the Karate-1 Premier League season is due to be held in Fukuoka in Japan from June 9 to 11.