With three golds and two bronzes, Croatia was first among the Mediterranean countries and placed third in the medals table of European Taekwondo Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Spain, Turkiye and France took one gold medal each.
The medals of the Mediterranean countries
Gold medal for the Croatian Lena Stojković in the under-46kg category. Spanish triumph in the under-49kg category with the gold of Adriana Cerezo
In the women’s under-53 kilograms final, the Turkish Zeliha Ağrıs lost from Tatiana Kudashova of Russia and took the silver medal. Another silver for Turkiye with Hatice Kübra Ilgün in the under-57 kilograms category.
Bruna Vuletić faced Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Marija Štetić in the women’s under-62kg final, with the Croatian emerging as a winner with 14-10. Turkiye’s Irem Yaman completed the podium with the bronze medal.
The under-67kg final saw Jelić overcome Britain’s Lauren Williams 13-10. Turkiye’s Nur Tatar and France’s Magda Wiet-Henin earned bronze medals in the division.
in the women’s under-73-kilogram category, the former Olympic champion Milica Mandić from Serbia was second and Doris Pole of Croatia, won the bronze medal.
In the women’s over-73kg, Belén Moran of Spain won bronze medal.
In the first category, the men’s under-54kg Dionisios Rapsomanikis took the silver medal loosing from the Hungarian Salim in the final.
Cyrian Ravet from France defeated the Spanish Adrián Vicente in the final of the under-58kg category. Rui Bragança from Portugal took the bronze.
There was a Turkish triumph in the men’s under-63kg, with 21-year-old Hakan Reçber enjoying a dominant run to the final and then squeezing past Spaniard Joan Jorquera 18-12.
The Italian Simone Crescenzi took the bronze medal.
In the men’s under-68kg the Greek Konstantinos Chamalidis and the Javier Pérez of Spain took the bronze medal.
The men’s under-74kg competition saw Nedzad Husic from Bosnia and Herzegovina having the silver medal. Spain’s Daniel Quesada completed the podium places.
In the men’s under-80kg weight division, Italy’s Simone Alessio and Spain’s Raul Martinez won bronze medals in the division.
in the men’s under-87kg the Serbian world champion Mehdi Khodabakhshi was second and Italy’s Roberto Botta and Croatia’s Ivan Šapina were the bronze medallists in the category.
Iván García of Spain won the bronze medal in the men’s over 87kg.