TOKYO - Turkey defeated Serbia 3-1 to win the men's kumite final at the World Karate Championships in Tokyo on Friday. Milos Jovanovic defeated Yaser Şahintekin 4-1 in the opener to put Serbia one up, but Müslüm Baştürk, Yusuf Başer and Zeki Demir won their bouts 1-0, 7-2, 2-1 respectively. Egypt took the bronze medal beating France on total points after four bouts ended 2-2.
Meanwhile, Hoang Ngan Nguyen of Vietnam and Luka Valdesi of Italy claimed the first individual titles in the women's and men's kata category at the championships. Hoang, who was the runner-up in the previous championships, shocked local favorite Kasuga Wakabayashi in the semifinals and went on to beat Sara Battaglia of Italy 4-1 in the women's final.
Valdesi, the winner over Jonathan Mottram of England in the semifinals, narrowly defeated Antonio Diaz of Venezuela in the men's final.Vu Duc Minh Dack of France and Mostafa Ibrahim of Egypt shared the men's bronze medals, while Wakabayashi and Marija Madzarevic of Serbia took the women's bronze medals.