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Mediterranean Games 2013: Spain leads over Turkey and France

Mediterranean Games 2013: Spain leads over Turkey and France

Mediterranean Games 2013
Mersin, Turkey
Edip Buran Sports Centre
21-23 June 2013
Day 1: Turkey, Egypt and Spain set the standard
The local Ali Sari became the first big name of the event after winning the gold in the Men’s +80 kg category over the Greek Alexandros Nikolaidis by a clear 5-0. Sari had defeated the Italian Leonardo Basile, bronze medallist, in the semifinal (3-2), while Nikolaidis advanced to the crucial match after the withdrawal of the Serbian Vanja Babic, who could not start the fight. Spain did also won its first gold of the event on Friday, when Eva Calvo got rid of the local Hatice Ilgun in the Women’s -57 kg final (3-2). Calvo made her way to the gold medal match after beating the Moroccan Bekkali in the 2nd semi by a comfortable 5-0. In the fist one, Ilgun outscored Paoli from Lebanon by 15-7. The second Women’s title of the day (-49 kg), the Egyptian Nour Abdelsalam became Mediterranean champion after a really close fight against the local Rukiye Yildirim, which eventually finished 12-11. They respectively beat the bronze medallists of the division, Ana Petrusic from Slovenia and Kyriaki Kouttouki from Cyprus, in the semi-finals.

Ali Sari (TUR) celebrates the Men +80 kg gold medal

Day 2: Turkey and Spain take second gold while Morocco wins first
In the first final of the day, the Spaniard José Luis Méndez became the new Mediterranean champion of the Men’s -58 kg category after beating the French Flavien Furet in the extra period, giving Spain its second gold medal of the event. Méndez had defeated the local Firat Pozan (TUR) in the semi-final by 5-2, while Furet gained his access to the final after another close match, managing to get rid of the Italian Marcello Porcaro thanks to a sudden death point (5-4).
In the second crucial fight of the day, the Women’s -67 kg final, the local idol Nur Tatar, Olympic silver medallist at London 2012, fulfilled the expectations and clinched the second title for Turkey, outscoring the Moroccan Hakima El Meslahy by 10-4. Tatar made her way to the final by defeatig the Egyptian Hedaya Wahba 6 to 1 in the semi-final, while El Meslahy needed a sudden death action to get rid of the French Haby Niare (6-4).
The last title of the day, the Men’s -80 kg, was clinched by the Issam Chernoubi, who won the first gold for Morocco in the competition after comfortably defeating the Tunisian Oussama Oueslati by 6-1. Oueslati had previously beaten the Spaniard Nicolás García, silver medallist at London 2012, in the semi-final, while Chernoubi had managed to get rid of the local hope, Yunus Sari, in the other fight (3-2).
Tomorrow, Sunday June 23rd, willl be the day for the 2 titles still to be decided in the Mersin 2013 Mediterranean Games: Men’s -68 kg and Women’s +67 kg.
Day 3: Spain grabs 3rd gold to lead the medal count, France wins first title
The Spaniard Daniel Quesada is the new Mediterranean champion of the Men’s -68 kg category after beating the Italian Claudio Treviso by 6-2 in the big final, played today at Edip Buran Sports Centre. With his title, Quesada lifts Spain to the top of the Mersin 2013 medal count with 3 golds and 2 bronzes. Quesada defeated the local idol Servet Tazegul, Olympic champion at London 2012, in the semi-final (12-7). The other bronze medal was awarded to the French Alexandre Amghar, who lost to Treviso in the other semi by 10-3.
In the other final of the closing day, the French Maeva Mellier got rid of the current Olympic champion of the division, the Serbian Milica Mandic, against all odds, taking the title thanks to a sudden death point (3-2). The bronze medallists of the category were the local Yaprak Eris and Rosana Simón from Spain.

Men’s -68 kg final podium with Treviso, Quesada, Tazegul and Amghar

Complete Final Podiums:
Men’s -68 kg
1 – Daniel Quesada (ESP)
2 – Claudio Treviso (ITA)
3 – Alexandre Amghar (FRA)
3 – Servet Tazegul (TUR)
Women’s +67 kg
1 – Maeva Mellier (FRA)
2 – Milica Mandic (SRB)
3 – Yaprak Eris (TUR)
3 – Rosana Simón (ESP)
Men’s -80 kg
1 – Issam Chernoubi (MAR)
2 – Oussama Oueslati (TUN)
3 – Nicolas García Hemme (ESP)
3 – Yunus Sari (TUR)
Men’s -58 kg
1 – José Luis Méndez (ESP)
2 – Flavien Furet (FRA)
3 – Marcello Porcaro (ITA)
3 – Firat Pozan (TUR)
Women’s -67 kg
1 – Nur Tatar (TUR)
2 – Hakima El Meslahy (MAR)
3 – Hedaya Wahba (EGY)
3 – Haby Niare (FRA)
Men’s +80 kg
1 – Ali Sari (TUR)
2 – Alexandros Nikolaidis (GRE)
3 – Leonardo Basile (ITA)
3 – Vanja Babic (SER)
Women’s -57 kg
1 – Eva Calvo (ESP)
2 – Hatice Ilgun (TUR)
3 – Lamyaa Bekkali (MOR)
3 – Andrea Paoli (LEB)
Women’s -49 kg
1 – Nour Abdelsalam (EGY)
2 – Rukiye Yildirim (TUR)
3 – Kyriaki Kouttouki (CYP)
3 – Ana Petrusic (SLO)
Medal count

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
 Spain 3 0 2 5
 Turkey 2 2 4 8
 France 1 1 2 4
 Morocco 1 1 1 3
 Egypt 1 0 1 2
 Italy 0 1 2 3
 Serbia 0 1 1 2
 Tunisia 0 1 0 1
 Greece 0 1 0 1
 Cyprus 0 0 1 1
 Lebanon 0 0 1 1
 Slovenia 0 0 1 1

Pau Aguilar
Pictures: Turkish Taekwondo Federation

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