Turkish Olympic champion Şamdan wins gold at the Mediterranean Games

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Turkey’s Olympic silver medalist in karateka Eray Şamdan claimed a gold medal on day one of the 19th Mediterranean Games late Sunday.

24-year-old Şamdan won the men’s kumite 60-kilogram competition in the coastal city of Oran, Algeria, 5-0 over Algerian Ala Salmi.

Earlier in the day, another Turkish athlete, Tuba Yakan, took bronze in the women’s 55kg kumite after defeating Ariannne Miles Gonzales of the Greek Cypriot government.

Almost 3,400 athletes from 26 countries will compete in a total of 24 disciplines in the Oran Olympic Stadium in Algeria.

Turkey‘s Tuba Yakan celebrate winning bronze at the 19th Mediterranean Games, Oran, Algeria, June 27, 2022. (AA Photo)” onerror=”this.style.display=’none’;” style=”max-width: 600px; height: 400px;;width: 100%;height: auto;object-fit: cover;”/>

Turkey‘s Tuba Yakan celebrate winning bronze at the 19th Mediterranean Games, Oran, Algeria, June 27, 2022. (AA Photo)

With 321 athletes, Turkey has the third largest contingent at this year’s competition.

Italy sent the largest team with 371 athletes, followed by hosts Algeria with 324. Another regional powerhouse, France, will send 313 athletes.

Turkey will look to improve on their medal record at the last Mediterranean Games in Spain, where they fielded 345 athletes.

The Mediterranean Games, a multi-sport event organized by the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games (CIJM), takes place every four years in the Mediterranean countries of Africa, Asia and Europe.

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