Today marked the final day of competition at the WKF Karate1 Youth Cup in Umag ©WKF

Russia’s Anna Shcherbina claimed the women's kata cadet title on the final day of action at the World Karate Federation (WKF) Karate1 Youth Cup in Umag.

Scherbina defeated Italy's Serena Tempestini in the final at the Sport Venue Hall Maria and Lino in the Croatian city.

The pair produced a series of impressive displays to reach the semi-finals yesterday, where they both saw off tough opposition.

Tempestini would overcome Canada’s Megan Rochette 3-2 to advance to the final, before Shcherbina beat Sara Soldano by the same score.

It was the Russian who went on to take the gold medal, however, defeating Tempestini 4-1.

The under-21 women's kata title was won by Terryana Onofrio of Italy.

She thrashed Ema Brázdová of Slovakia 5-0 in the final.

In women's 54 kilograms kumite competition, Norway's Annika Sælid recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Montenegro's Milena Jovanovic.

A number of events reached their climax at the Sport Venue Hall Maria and Lino ©WKF
A number of events reached their climax at the Sport Venue Hall Maria and Lino ©WKF

Italy were already assured of gold in the men’s under-21 kata event as Samuel Stea and Andrea Nekoofar both reached the final.

Nekoofar went on to secure the gold after he beat his compatriot 4-1.

The cadet event was also won by an Italian after Alessio Ghinami comfortably beat Finland’s Saku Virtanen 5-0.

Italy's dominance did not continue into kumite competition though.

Petar Zaborski of Macedonia defeated Lorenzo Pietromarchi of Italy 4-2 in the final of the men's 75kg competition.

There was also heartbreak for Italy's Matteo Fiore after he was beaten 1-0 by France's Ugo Heim in the men's cadet 70kg gold medal contest.