World Karate Championships: Turkish athlete wins silver

By Fatih Erel

ISTANBUL (AA) – Turkey's Serap Ozcelik Arapoglu won silver medal in women's 50kg Kumite competition at the World Karate Championships in Spain's capital Madrid on Saturday.

In the final, Ozcelik competed against Japanese athlete Miho Miyahara and lost 3-1.

Eleven men and nine women represent Turkey at the global tournament.

– Turkey's first medal in Kata

In men's Kumite competition, Turkey's Alparslan Yamanoglu and Ugur Aktas clinched bronze medals in the plus 84kg category.

Ali Sofuoglu, another Turkish athlete, bagged bronze medal in Kata category, which makes him Turkey's first medal winner in the category at the World Karate Championships.

The tournament will end on Sunday.

Some 1,200 karate players from 139 countries participate in the championships.