Egypt topped the medals table in Cairo with three golds ©WKF

Host nation Egypt narrowly topped the medals table on the final day of the Karate 1-Premier League season opener in Cairo.

They secured three gold, three silver, and seven bronze medals to pip Ukraine to pole position, who finished with three golds and one bronze.

Reem Ahmed Salama picked up Egypt's first gold in the under-50-kilograms women's kumite contest.

The current African champion claimed a convincing triumph over Venezuela's Yorgelis Salazar 9-4.

Abdalla Hesham Abdelgawad then triumphed in the men's under-75kg competition with a resounding 6-0 win over Daniele De Vivo of Italy.

The final Egyptian gold then came courtesy of Taha Tarek Mahmoud after his 7-4 defeat of Spaniard Babacar Seck Sakho.

The Cairo event was the first leg of the Karate 1-Premier League this year ©WKF
The Cairo event was the first leg of the Karate 1-Premier League this year ©WKF

They would have had more titles if it was not for the Ukrainians.

Anna Protsenko defeated local hopeful Salma Hassan in the women's under-55kg final by hantei as the match finished scoreless in regulation time.

In the women's under-61kg, Oleksandra Sholohova caused a big upset after beating Egypt's Noursin Aly 1-0 before Velrii Chobotar got the better of Italian Matteo Fiore of Italy 1-0.

Another possible gold was squandered for Egypt when Mohamed Gaber lost to Kazakhstan's Kaisar Alpysbay in the men's under-60kg final.

The next Karate 1-Premier League event is set to take place in the Moroccan capital of Rabat from May 12 to 14.

The tour took place in the city in May of last year and featured almost 200 athletes from 44 countries.