Despite being a greenhorn in international contests, South African Matshushima karateka Mamokete Moleme showed the stuff she is made of when she brought home a silver medal from the European World Karate Championships in the Ukraine.
Moleme overcame hurdles in her maiden debut, giving her experienced combatants a tough time, only to be beaten in the finals by Elana Galoyan from the Ukraine in the heavyweight category at the weekend.
The 30-year-old Moleme was defeated in the final on wazari (points) after displaying a magnificent performance against the powerful Galoyan, who ended the tournament unbeaten.
On her way to the final, Moleme showed no respect when she brushed Elena Krupnova and Claudie Szerezla aside in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively.
Some of the countries who took part at the yearly world tournament include South Africa, Russia, Poland, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium and the hosts.
"It was one of the toughest world tournaments we had ever attended in Europe
"The standard of the event was of high quality throughout the two days,'' said Shihan Peter ''Poison'' Thage.
He added that it was unfortunate that most of his fighters were beaten in the early stages of the event. But he sang the praises of Moleme for her courageous show in her debut in the competitive tournament.