France sealed a hat-trick of titles on day two of the EKF Cadet, Junior and under-21 Championships ©Xavier Servolle/WKF

Reigning world champion Gwendoline Philippe topped the podium in the women’s junior under 59 kilograms kumite category as France bagged a hat-trick of gold medals on the second day of the European Karate Federation (EKF) Cadet, Junior and under-21 Championships in Limassol.

Phillippe came into the event as the overwhelming favourite and didn’t disappoint, beating Marina Barac of Croatia to add the European crown to her world title she earned in Indonesia last year.

Alessia Pappapicco of Italy and Switzerland’s Nina Radjenovic both took home bronze.

The Frenchwoman’s team-mate Lea Avazeri was able to successfully defend her European over 59kg kumite gold as she overcame Serbian Marina Radicevic in the final of the category, while Madeleine Schroeter of Germany and Turkey’s Eda Eltemur finished third.

The final French triumph of another packed day at the event in the Cypriot capital came thanks to Dnylson Jacquet, the World Championships bronze medallist, as he proved too strong for Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine of Italy to secure gold in the junior men’s over 76kg weight division.

Babacar Seck of Spain and Macedonian karateka Petar Spasenovski were the winners of the two available bronze medals.

The only other nation to secure more than one title today was Spain, who claimed victory in both the kata team cadet and junior male and female competitions.

Their women were judged to have given a better display of the kata form of the sport than Italy, who had to settle for silver, while France and Macedonia were awarded bronze.

Spain’s men, meanwhile, ousted Turkey in the final, with Italy and Russia rounding off the podium.

Dnylson Jacquet was one of three French gold medallists on the second day of the event in Limassol
Dnylson Jacquet was one of three French gold medallists on the second day of the event in Limassol ©Xavier Servolle/WKF

Elsewhere, Italian Samuele Marchese defended his European junior men’s under 55kg kumite crown by edging Arthur Merienne of France.

Dominik Imrich picked up bronze for Slovakia, with the other in the category going to Luca Spitz of Switzerland.

Vitaliy Demchyshyn of the Ukraine managed to improve on last year’s European bronze as he won the junior men’s kumite under 61kg category by defeating Georgian Vitali Kucherenko in the gold medal bout.

Scotland claimed their first medal at the event thanks to Dylan Rush’s bronze, while Thanh Liem Le of France also came third.

Seasoned campaigner Mario Hodzic of Montenegro, bronze medallist at last year’s EKF Cadet, Junior and under-21 Championships, reigned supreme in the junior men’s under 68 kumite division by overcoming the challenge posed by Hungary’s Martin Erdos.

Ivan Yamburenko added another medal to the Ukrainian haul with bronze along with Metehan Yilmazer of Turkey.

Bosnia’s Marin Brkic sealed his first-ever gold at this level by winning the junior men’s under 76kg kumite category, ousting Ukrainian Andriy Toroshanko of Ukraine in the final.

Spain won both team kata gold medals on offer today
Spain won both team kata gold medals on offer today ©Xavier Servolle/WKF

Lorenzo Pietromarchi of Italy and Ivan Korabau of Belarus earned the bronze medals.

Estonia’s Anna Sokk won the junior female under 48kg division with victory over Germany’s Alina Schimpf, with Adriana Crhonkova of the Czech Republic and Slovak competitor Dominika Veisova both doing enough for bronze.

Russia were also able to pick up gold as world bronze medallist Elizaveta lazareva took the junior women’s under 53kg kumite honours, beating Maya Schaerer in the final.

Maria Espinosa Lopez of Spain added another bronze to her collection following a third place finish at the event back in 2014, and the other was clinched by Monika Pendarovska of Macedonia.