Algerian karatekas lead way to medals on Day 1 of Mediterranean Games
The Karate competition of the Mediterranean Games began Sunday with the first day of the competition that had Algerian athletes dominating the first categories at stake.
Algeria registered a successful performance on day 1 of Karate at the Mediterranean Games with four gold medals.
Cylia Ouikene opened the gold medal count for Algeria in Female Kumite -50kg. The current continental champion defeated Reem Salama of Egypt in the final 5-0.
The second gold for Algeria came in Female Kumite -55kg as Louiza Abouriche claimed the title of the category following a 4-1 victory over World and continental champion Ahlam Youssef of Egypt.
The domination of Algeria continued in Female Kumite -61kg. Chaima Midi added the third gold for the powerhouse nation since the current continental bronze medallist beat Tunisia’s Wafa Mahjoub in the final 3-2.
The golden day for Algeria was completed in Male Kumite -75kg. Oussama Zaid starred in one of the big upsets of the day after surprising Olympian and World Championships runner-up Abdalla Abdelaziz of Egypt 5-4
Top favourite Eray Samdan of Turkey used his frontrunner status to take the gold medal in Male Kumite -60kg. The current European champion defeated Ala Salmi of Algeria in the final 5-0.
Also one of the main candidates for the title, Dionysios Xenos of Greece became the champion in Male Kumite -67kg after upsetting Luca Maresca of Italy 3-2.
The Karate event of the Mediterranean Games concludes Monday with the final of the competition.
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