August 2021. Final of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in the category of Female Kumite -55kg. Ivet Goranova of Bulgaria became the Olympic champion after defeating Anzhelika Terliuga of Ukraine. Two years later, the two athletes met again with a title in play, this time, in the final of the 2023 European Games.
“I don’t know how it is possible, but two years later we met again in a final,” said Anzhelika Terliuga. In Tokyo 2021, Bulgaria’s Ivet Goranova overpowered Terliuga 5-1. The situation was different this time.
“Before the final today, I kept telling myself that I could win. And I took the revenge of the Olympic final,” added Terliuga who is the number one of the category in WKF World ranking.
In a highly technical bout, Terliuga connected an early “Waza-Ari”, or two-point technique, by “Mawashi geri” or roundhouse kick to put the 2-0 on the scoreboard. While Goranova tried to bounce back, Terliuga kept her distance and won the bout and the gold medal.
“Last years were great for me. I am happy that I can finish maybe my last European Games with a gold medal,” stated Terliuga.
In addition to being the World ranking leader, current Grand Winner, and defending European Champion, Terliuga adds the crown in the European Games to a much-celebrated list of honours.
“When God gives you all these opportunities, you just need to take them and make sure you show the best version of yourself. You must do everything in your hand to succeed,” stated Terliuga who adds: “I work hard. This is what drives me. I also have a lot of passion. Now it is my time.”
Over the last two seasons, the three-time continental champion has claimed eight medals in nine international appearances, including the continental crown in March in Guadalajara. Now, with the title of the European Games, Terliuga secures a place in Karate’s stardom.
“It is a perfect feeling (to win). I wish that everyone has the chance to feel something like this at least once in their careers.”
The full competition is available by streaming LIVE on europeangames.tv