Malaysian trio Thomson Hoe, Emmanuel Leong and Ivan Oh defeated the Czech Republic 5-0 in the Kata bronze medal contest during the Karate1 Premier League meet in Rotterdam. Pix source: Facebook/ World Karate Federation

KUALA LUMPUR: The national men's kata team won a bronze medal on the final day of competition at the Karate1 Premier League meet in Rotterdam on Sunday.

The trio of Thomson Hoe, Emmanuel Leong and Ivan Oh defeated the Czech Republic 5-0 in the bronze medal contest.

Malaysia were denied a place in the final on Saturday following a 3-2 defeat to regional rivals Indonesia in the semi-finals.

The bronze medal will go someway to making up for the heartbreak of missing out on a medal at the World Karate Championships last year when Malaysia lost to Spain in the bronze medal contest.

The three-day meet was also a good outing for Thomson, who belied his ranking of No 113 in the world to reach the quarter-finals of the individual event.

Teammate Lim Chee Wei, ranked 11th in the world, also made the last-eight in the individual event, as did female kata exponent Celine Lee, who achieved her best-ever finish of seventh.

Celine was unfortunate to face World No 2 Kiyou Shimizu of Japan in the quarter-finals before having her medal hopes ended by World No 1 Sandra Sanchez of Spain in the penultimate repechage round.

In all, it was a fruitful outing for the kata exponents in their first international campaign on 2017.

The kumite exponents did not have as much success with S. Senthil Kumaran achieving the best result of a fourth round place in the men's below-60kg event.

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