Jordan celebrate after beating Egypt in the men's team kumite final ©WKF

Jordan clinched the men’s team kumite title after beating Egypt in a gripping final on the concluding day of the Karate World Championships here.

The two nations put on a terrific performance that captivated the crowd at the Papp László Budapest Sports Arena as Jordan triumphed 14-10 on points after the match finished level at 2-2.

Egypt were the favourites to come out on top and went ahead thanks to a 4-0 victory for double world champion Youssef Badawy over Afif Ghait.

Jordan hit back with a superb display from Mohamed Al-Jafari who defeated Ahmed Elmasry 5-1 before Ahmad Shadid swept aside Taha Mahmoud 8-2.

Abdalla Abdelgawid had an opportunity to level the scores but instead opted to play for a draw as his match with Masarwa Hassan finished scoreless.

The decision backfired for Egypt as they came up short against Jordan despite the best efforts of Abdalla Abdelaziz.

A waza-ari followed by a yuko saw Abdelaziz take a 3-0 lead but he was unable to add to his score while Abdullah Hamad got one point back.

Hamad lost 3-1 but crucially stopped Abdelaziz from running away with it as Egypt overcame Jordan on points.

Spain claimed their first women's team kumite title in 21 years with victory over Japan ©WKF
Spain claimed their first women's team kumite title in 21 years with victory over Japan ©WKF

France came from 2-0 down with Mehdi Filali and Steven Da Costa suffering shock defeats to beat Kazakhstan 3-2 in a dramatic bronze-medal match.

They were joined on the podium by 2021 winners Italy who claimed a 3-1 victory over Azerbaijan.

Carlota Fernandez played a starring role as Spain secured the women’s team kumite crown for the third time with a 2-1 victory over Japan.

Maria Isabel Nieto put Japan on the back foot when she defeated Yuzuki Sawae 8-6 in an entertaining tussle.

Sarara Shimada responded in emphatic fashion, crushing Garcia Torres 10-2 with still 20 seconds left of the contest.

Ayaka Saito continued the momentum in the decider, taking an early 2-0 lead before Fernandez reeled off seven unanswered points in a superb turnaround.

Saito got two points back but Fernandez proved too strong, triumphing 9-4 to deliver the title for Spain for the first time since 2002.

Kosovo and Croatia claimed their first medals of the event with 2-0 wins over Kazakhstan and hosts Hungary respectively.

Despite the blow of losing to Spain in the final, Japan still finished the tournament at the top of the medal standings after completing a team kata double to retain the titles for a fourth successive edition.

The Japanese men’s and women’s teams put on a masterclass in the discipline, beating Turkey and Spain respectively.

Toshihiro Imai, right, defeated Yasushi Oba, left, in an all-Japanese men's blind or visually impaired K10 gold-medal match ©WKF
Toshihiro Imai, right, defeated Yasushi Oba, left, in an all-Japanese men's blind or visually impaired K10 gold-medal match ©WKF

Ryuji Moto, Kazumasa Moto and Koji Arimoto pulled off a spectacular routine to the kata style of unsu to score 46.9 points.

Emre Vefa Göktaş, Enes Özdemir and Ali Sofuoğlu performed brilliantly to the same version of kata but came up agonisingly short with 46.1.

The bronze medals went to Spain and Italy after overcoming Kuwait and France respectively.

Saori Ishibashi, Chiho Mizukami and Sae Taira also put on an amazing display, entertaining the Hungarian crowd with their bunkai routine to unsu in the women’s team kata final.

The Japanese trio were rewarded with a score of 47.1 as Italy’s Terryana D'Onofrio, Michela Rizzo and Elena Roversi had to settle with silver after registering 44.3.

The bronze-medal matches saw Spain defeat Morocco and Egypt edge Turkey.

The Para karate competition also came to a close in Budapest with the final four categories concluded.

Japan’s Toshihiro Imai and Azerbaijan’s Emiliya Mitlinova secured the respective men’s and women’s blind and visually impaired K10 titles.

There were successful title defences for both Abdelaziz Abouelnaga of Egypt and Spain's Isabel Fernandez Jimenez in the wheelchair user K30 divisions.

Abouelnaga beat Valerio Di Cocco of Italy in the men’s final while Jimenez claimed the women’s title after Ukraine's Knarik Airapetian was disqualified for failing to bow at the end of her performance.