Sandra Sánchez of Spain claimed her sixth straight European kata title in Poreč ©Getty Images

Spain's Sandra Sánchez claimed a sixth European title on the penultimate day of the European Karate Championships in Poreč in Croatia in the women's kata event.

The 2018 world champion's latest gold medal was also her sixth in a row, a run dating back to 2015.

In the final, the Spaniard defeated Turkey's Dilara Bozan 27.2 to 25.76.

Bozan won the silver medal, while Italy's Viviana Bottaro and Czech Veronika Miskova claimed the bronze medals.

In the men's kata, Turkey's Ali Sofuoğlu shocked one of the most decorated athletes in the discipline, dethroning Spain's six-time European individual champion Damián Quintero by a score of 27.24 to 27.06.

Switzerland's Yuki Ujihara and Mattia Busato of Italy won the bronze medals.

Serbia's Jovana Preković added a European title to her world crown in the women's under-61-kilogram kumite following a 2-0 win over Anita Serogina of Ukraine in the final.

"I am very happy because Croatia is very close to Serbia and I could win the title here," said Preković, who sits fourth in the Olympic standings and is currently in a qualifying position for Tokyo 2020.

"Now I am ready to represent my country at the biggest stage of the Olympics."

Slovakia's Ingrida Suchánková and France's Leila Heurtault won the bronze medals.

Azerbaijan's world champion Irina Zaretska claimed her first European title in the women's under-68kg, defeating Greece's Vasiliki Panetsidou 3-0 in the final.

Eda Eltemur of Turkey and Denmark's Katrine Pedersen took the bronze medals.

Continuing his domination in the men's under-84kg, Uğur Aktaş of Turkey won his fourth individual European Championships gold medal, edging out Azerbaijan's Panah Abdullayev 2-1 with a late yuko to seal the victory.

Italian Michele Martina and Slovakia's Adi Gyurik were the bronze medallists.

Germany's Jonathan Horne claimed his second consecutive title and seventh in total in the men's over-84kg, beating Slobodan Bitević of Serbia in the final.

Kosovo's Herolind Nishevci and Greece's Georgios Tzanos completed the podium in third place.

Nineteen-year-old Russian Anna Chernysheva claimed her first gold medal in the women's under-55kg, defeating Germany's Jana Messerschmidt 3-0 in the final, while Montenegro's Jelena Maksimovic and Irina Sharykhina of Belarus were the bronze medallists.

Another big surprise saw Ukraine's Stanislav Horuna defeat 11-time continental champion Rafael Aghayev of Azerbaijan, scoring a late ippon to beat the favourite for the gold in the men's under-75kg.

Croatian Enes Garibović and Noah Bitsch of Germany won bronze.

Turkey's Meltem Hocaoğlu showed top form in the women's over-68kg final, edging out Aleksandra Stubleva of Bulgaria 1-0. 

Eleni Chatziliadou of Greece and Switzerland's Ramona Brüderlin collected bronze medals.

Finally, Greek Dionysios Xenos upset the favourite Kalvis Kalnins of Latvia in the men's under-67kg final, claiming his first continental crown by a 1-0 scoreline.

Austria's Stefan Pokorny and Steven Da Costa of France were the bronze medallists.

With five gold medals and seven in total, Turkey top of the medals table.

Team events are due to be held tomorrow.