Yuri Kaliapin, representing the 'Energetik' Club of Russia's Novovoronezh nuclear power plant, won the light weight final of the 2008 International Kyokushin Karate Open Championship, held in Szolnok, Hungary, on 5 April. He took part in four fights before being injured during the final against a Kazakh opponent. The referee wanted to stop the fight and award victory to the Kazakh fighter, but Kaliapin insisted on continuing. Eventually the fight ended in a draw, but could not be decided by the fighters' weights and so a tie-breaker involving breaking wooden boards was held. Kaliapin's rival broke 14 boards before the nuclear worker summoned the power to break 15 and take the title. The competition was a preparatory stage for the 4th World Championships to be held in St Petersburg, Russia, next year.