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The European Karate Championships concluded in Poreč, Croatia Sunday with Turkey dominating on both the men's and women's sides. The Turks led the standings with six golds and nine overall medals. Germany was a distant second with two golds and five total medals. But despite taking two of the five men's kumite categories behind 84 kg winner Uğur Aktaş and 60 kg champion Eray Şamdan, Turkey couldn't medal in the men's team kumite competition, which was won by host country Croatia.

Similarly, though Serap Özçelik won gold in the women's 50 kg division and Meltem Hocaoğlu took the women's over 68 kg category for Turkey, the Turks could only manage second in women's team kumite as Germany came out on top while Italy secured the women's team kata event. Turkey, meanwhile, managed to snag the men's team kata competition behind individual winner Ali Sofuoğlu.

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To no one's surprise, Japan added to their medal total at the World Judo Championships capturing gold in the mixed team event on the final day of competition from Budapest, Hungary. After dominating the individual portion of the tournament grabbing more gold and more total medals than any other nation, Japan crushed France in the finals to claim the title in the six-person team event.

Japan swept the first four matches of the finals and didn't even need heavyweight world champion Kokoro Kageura to bother taking the mat for the fifth match. Overall, Japan came away from the world championships with six golds - no other country got more than one - and twelve total medals. The Netherlands was a distant second in the overall medal count with five, all bronze.


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