Alizée Agier booked her place in the final of the women’s under 68 kilograms kumite category to the delight of the home crowd at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris.
Agier, world champion in 2014, saw off Katrine Pedersen of Denmark to secure her spot in tomorrow’s gold medal bout.
The French star, who also beat current European champion Elena Quirci of Switzerland on her way to the semi-finals, will go up against Iryna Zaretska of Azerbaijan.
The host nation enjoyed a successful day in the French capital, a candidate city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as Nadege Ait Ibrahim made the final of the women’s over 68kg event.
Ibrahim will be hoping to repeat her Karate1 Premier League triumph on home soil in 2015 when she faces Natsumi Kawamura of Japan for gold.
In the women’s under 55kg kumite competition, Amy Connell of Scotland marked her first-ever Karate1 Premier League appearance with a surprise run to the final.
Taravat Khaksar of Iran, who is ranked at number 49 in the world, awaits for Connell in the final and will be aiming to improve on her best result of bronze in Jakarta back in 2014.
Turkey’s Merve Coban, European Championships silver medallist last year, progressed to the gold medal contest in the women’s under 61kg event, where she will clash with Jovana Prekovic of Serbia.
Ukraine’s Stanislav Horuna will get the chance to clinch his maiden Karate1 Premier League gold tomorrow as he reached the showpiece encounter in the men’s under 75kg event.
Ahmed El Sharaby of Italy will be Horuna’s opponent in the final.
Iran’s Sajed Ganjzadeh, the reigning world champion, continued his impressive run of form, which stretches back to last year, ousted world number one Enes Erkan of Turkey en route to the final of the over 84kg weight division.
Tyron-Darnell Lardy of The Netherlands, who is currently ranked as the 39th best karateka in the category, will bid to spring a shock in the final tomorrow.
The finals across all divisions will all take place on the same day as part of a move from the World Karate Federation to increase coverage of the Karate1 Premier League series.