The 29th edition of the Mediterranean Karate Championships concluded Sunday with hosts of Tunisia topping the final medal table of the event.
A host of the best karatekas from the Mediterranean countries gathered this past weekend in Tunis (Tunisia) to clash for the titles of the prestigious event. The organising nation finished on top of the medal table after garnering 61 medals, including 16 golds. Regional powerhouse nations of Algeria and Egypt also prevailed at the event with 12 and five gold medals respectively.
After winning the Senior and Junior continental championships, Paola Garcia Lozano of Spain confirmed her status as one of the most promising karatekas as she claimed the title of Female Kata.
In the rest of the Senior Female divisions, the host nation celebrated the titles claimed by Chehinez Jemi in Female Kumite +68kg and Wafa Mahjoub in Female Kumite -61kg.
Meanwhile, former World and Continental champion Alizee Agier of France took the crown in Female Kumite -68kg. Turkiye’s Gulsen Demirturk in Female Kumite -55kg and Cylia Ouikene of Algeria in Female Kumite -50kg completed the list of medallists in Senior Female Kumite.
Karatekas from Algeria were the big winners in Senior Male categories after taking three gold medals, including the titles by Abdesslam Rouichi Naim in Male Kumite -60kg, Fouad Benbara in Male Kumite -67kg, and Oussama Baha Eddine Zitouni in Male Kumite -84kg.
Promising karatekas took a stand in the rest of the Senior Male divisions. Current U21 continental championships runner-up Alessio Ghinami of Italy won the crown in Male Kata, while Abdalla Hesham Abdelgawad of Egypt took the title in Male Kumite -75kg. Local representative Houssem Edin Choiya took the flag of the organising country to the top of the podium in Male Kumite +84kg.
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