By Liam Morgan

France enjoyed a successful day at the European Junior Cadet and Under-21 Karate Championships ©WKFFrance enjoyed a successful second day of the European Junior, Cadet and Under-21 Karate Championships in Zurich as they claimed three gold medals.

The French women proved to be the dominant force at the championships as Aurore Bourcois beat Slovakia's Ina Macejkova in the under 48 kilograms junior kumite female category, before compatriot Andrea Brito reigned supreme in the under 53kg division.

Brito sealed victory by virtue of a win over Ajla Mahmutovic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and France's monopoly of the female medals continued when Lea Avazeri ousted Asia Staglioli in the over 59kg junior kamite class.

It was then Italy's turn to assert some control over the event as they clinched two golds in the men's junior kumite division.

Francesco Pinto was too strong for Croatia's Luka Kondic in the under 61kg final and Antonio De Stefano claimed the under 76kg crown by beating Petar Zaborski of FYR Macedonia.

Spain, meanwhile, also had a fruitful day in the Swiss city with two titles, one of which came in the kata team cadet and junior female category as they edged out the Italians, while Germany and France shared bronze.

Their other success came in the junior kumite male over 76kg division as Marcos Martinez Velilla fought off competition from Aliaksei Vodchyts to clinch gold.

Meanwhile, after a superb set of performances from the host nation on the opening day, the Swiss competitors could not quite follow suit as they failed to win a medal.

Turkey almost managed to replicate their haul from the first day as they took gold in two categories, sealing victory in the kata team cadet and junior male event, and Eray Samdan beat France's Ilyes Mardhi in the junior male kumite under 55kg division.

Elsewhere, Jonas Friis gave Denmark their first gold of the competition and Germany's Anna Migou was able to briefly end the French dominance of the women's categories as she won the junior kumite female under 59 kg class.

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