Turkey picked up seven golds on the opening day of the EKF Cadet, Junior and under-21 Championships ©WKF

Turkey were the dominant nation on the opening day of the European Karate Federation (EKF) Junior, Cadet and under-21 Championships as they claimed a haul of seven gold medals in Limassol in Cyprus.

Selahattin Gungel got his counry off to the perfect start, winning the cadet men’s kata category, with Abdurahim Idriz of Macedonia taking home silver.

The two bronze medals went to Joao Casimiro of Portugal and Spain’s Guillermo Garcia Roca.

Women’s world under 47 kilograms kumite bronze medallist Duygu Yemenici then got her hands on the European title by proving too strong for Russia’s Kristina Kozerenko in the final.

Ukraine’s Solomiya Kmit and Angelica Malgora of Italy rounded off the podium as both finished third.

Reigning world champion Omer Abdurrahim Ozer continued his dominance of the cadet under 52kg kumite event as he beat France’s Milton Boisseron.

Bosnia and Herzegovina's Eldin Hajdarpasic and Museib Mammadov earned the bronze medals.

Turkish success was maintained when Omer Faruk Ates topped the podium in the under 57kg kumite category thanks to his win over Jiminez Alberto Moreno of Spain, with Stole Smilkovski of Macedonia and Hungarian Balazs Vecsei picking up bronze.

Samed Gok secured Turkey’s fifth gold of the day, overcoming Konstantinos Mastrogiannis of Greece in the cadet under 70kg kumite event.

Italy’s Christian Ferrara and Slovakian Adi Gyurik ensured they finished the event on a positive note as they clinched the medals bronze.

The event in Limassol began with a bumper opening day of action
The event in Limassol began with a bumper opening day of action ©WKF/Facebook

Rising Turkish star Emre Vefa Goktas sealed the junior kata honours, beating German Morris Tellocke in the gold medal contest and there was another podium place for Italy as Giuseppe Panagia claimed bronze along with Luka Bokarica of Croatia.

The under-21 male kata discipline also went the way of Turkey as Ali Sofuoglu, gold medallist at last year's Karate1 Premier League event in Istanbul, was adjudged to have performed better than Sergio Galan Lopez in the final.

Jovan Simic of Serbia and Italy’s Samuel Stea were the bronze medal winners in the category.

It also proved to be a successful outing for Italy, who clinched two gold medals thanks to Lisa Pivi, who triumphed in the women’s junior kata event, and women’s cadet victor Carolina Amato.

Pivi produced an excellent display to edge Masa Simonic of Slovenia, with bronze going to Slovakia’s Ema Brazdova and Nur Ay Beyza of Turkey.

Amato, meanwhile, beat Jana Vanusanikova of Slovakia to the gold medal, while Nikoleta Zervou of Greece and Spaniard Celma Bodington secured bronze.

The Spanish team did earn one title today as Margarita Morata won the women’s under-21 kata event ahead of Maryia Fursava of Belarus, Serbian Bojana Mladezic and Rita Morgado of Portugal, silver and bronze medallists respectively.

Turkey were the dominant nation on day one as they secured seven golds
Turkey were the dominant nation on day one as they secured seven golds ©WKF

Kilian Cizo bagged France’s only title of the opening day, winning the men’s cadet kumite under 63kg category with victory over Croatia's Kristijan Obrazovic.

Valentyn Naida of Ukraine and Russia’s Asiman Mamedov both did enough for bronze.

The sole Ukrainian gold came by virtue of Diana Shoshtak’s triumph against Gulsen Demirturk of Turkey in the final of the women’s cadet under 54kg kumite category.

The two available bronze medals were claimed by France’s Assia Oukhattou and Liani Imnadze of Russia.

Serbia’s Dina Durmis bagged the European women’s cadet over 54kg title by defeating Frederikke Olesen of Denmark, with Germany’s Sarah Mimouni and Dina Mahmud of Bosnia and Herzegovina sealing bronze.