Turks clinch 4 medals in Baku 2015 European Games openers

Four of the five Turkish athletes in action on the first day of the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, were successful, with Serap andOzandcelik and Burak Uygur winning gold medals, while Merve andcoban and Erman Eltemur took home silver and bronze medals, respectively.
The European Games is a new international multi-sport event for athletes from all over Europe, with over 50 nations and nearly 6,000 athletes participating. The games were envisioned and are to be governed by the European Olympic Committees (EOC).
andOzandcelik, who competed in the womenand’s kumite 60 kilogram class, won all three of her karate matches in the morning session. andOzandcelik drew with her semi-final opponent, Ukrainian Kateryna Kryva, but later aanced to the final due to the refereeand’s decision. andOzandcelik won the gold medal after beating Austrian Bettina Plank 1-0 in the final.
Uygur, who competed in the menand’s kumite 61 kilogram event, aanced to the final in second place in his group, with one draw, one defeat and one win. Although Uygur drew with his final French opponent, Steven Da Costa, he won the gold medal due to the consensus of four referees.
andcoban, who competed in the womenand’s kumite 61 kilogram competition, won silver due to the refereeand’s decision even though she drew with her final opponent, French Lucie Ignace.
Eltemur won bronze after beating German Noah Bitsch 5-0 in the consolation match.
Tuba Yakan, who competed in the womenand’s kumite 55 kilogram class, came in third in her group and was eliminated.
Elsewhere, Azerbaijanand’s Rafael Aghayev lived up to his billing as the and”Maradonaand” of karate by winning the menand’s 75 kilogram kumite after compatriot Firdovsi Farzaliyev claimed the hostsand’ first European Games gold medal in the 60 kilogram event.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman