W.A.K.O. European Championships 1981

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W.A.K.O. European Championships 1981
A poster or logo for W.A.K.O. European Championships 1981.
Information
Promotion W.A.K.O.
Date 1981
City Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland
Event chronology
W.A.K.O. World Championships 1981 W.A.K.O. European Championships 1981 W.A.K.O. European Championships 1982

W.A.K.O. European Championships 1981 were the fifth European kickboxing championships hosted by the W.A.K.O. organization organized by one of the pioneers of Irish kickboxing George Canning.[1] The championships were open to amateur men based in Europe only although each country was allowed more than one competitor per weight division, with the styles on offer being Full-Contact and Semi-Contact kickboxing. By the end of the competition regular leaders West Germany were the top nation with the largest amount of medals, with Great Britain in second and Italy third. The event was held in 1981 in Dublin, Ireland.[2]

Men's Full-Contact Kickboxing[edit]

Absent from the 1981 world championships in Milan, Full-Contact returned to the W.A.K.O. European championships in Dublin. There were the usual seven weight divisions, ranging from 57 kg/125.4 lbs to over 84 kg/+184.8 lbs, with all bouts fought under Full-Contact rules. More detail on Full-Contact's rules-set can be found at the W.A.K.O. website, although be aware that the rules have changed since 1981.[3] Notable winners included future K-1 world champion Branko Cikatić winning his third European gold medal in a row, and Ferdinand Mack continued his domination of the -69 kg division, winning his third gold medal at a W.A.K.O. championships (world and European). By the end of the championships Great Britain was the top nation in Full-Contact just about beating West Germany into second with two golds, two silvers and three bronze medals.[4]

Men's Full-Contact Kickboxing Medals Table[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
-57 kg Michael Kuhr West Germany Howard Brown United Kingdom Uguz West Germany
-63 kg Godfrey Butler United Kingdom Klaus Friedhaber West Germany Sasha Stojanovich Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
-69 kg Ferdinand Mack West Germany Sandry Ravessoud Switzerland Wellington United Kingdom
-74 kg A. Tommei Switzerland Wilson United Kingdom Dev Barrett United Kingdom
-79 kg Branko Cikatić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dieter Herdel West Germany Steve Babbs United Kingdom
-84 kg Flavio Galessi Italy Spika Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cabo Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
+84 kg Winston Greenwood United Kingdom Miljenco Sarac Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Michele Panseri Italy

Men's Semi-Contact Kickboxing[edit]

The Semi-Contact category differed from Full-Contact in that fights were won on points given to superior skill, speed and technique and physical force was limited - more information on Semi-Contact can be found on the W.A.K.O. website, although the rules will have changed since 1981.[5] As with previous events there was seven weight divisions, ranging from 57 kg/125.4 lbs to over 84 kg/+184.8 lbs. The top nation in Semi-Contact was West Germany with a total of five gold medals.[6]

Men's Semi-Contact Kickboxing Medals Table[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
-57 kg Coughlan United Kingdom Luciano Italy PaladinoSwitzerland
-63 kg Mark Aston United Kingdom Mike Schiller Belgium Vosak Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
-69 kg Fritz Bissot West Germany Ottavio Panunzio Italy Roberts Republic of Ireland
-74 kg Hans Hinz West Germany Federico Milani Italy Clive Parkinson United Kingdom
-79 kg H. Hirschganger West Germany Ivan Wray United Kingdom Sehic Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
-84 kg Harald Edel West Germany Alfie Lewis United Kingdom Walter Meneghini Italy
+84 kg Rudiger Malzahn West Germany Leavey Republic of Ireland Price United Kingdom

Overall Medals Standing (Top 5)[edit]

Ranking Country Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze
1 West Germany West Germany 7 2 1
2 United Kingdom Great Britain 4 4 5
3 Italy Italy 1 4 1
4 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 1 2 4
5 Switzerland Switzerland 1 1 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professor George Canning Snr (view Teachers section)". www.worldmugendouniversity.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  2. ^ "5th WAKO EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS". www.wakoweb.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  3. ^ "WAKO Full contact Rules". www.wakoweb.com. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  4. ^ "5th WAKO EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (Men's Full-Contact)". www.wakoweb.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  5. ^ "Semi-Contact Rules". www.wakoweb.com. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  6. ^ "5th WAKO EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (Men's Semi-Contact)". www.wakoweb.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 

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