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Triple gold for Turkey at Mediterranean Games

ANKARA- Turkish Daily News | 6/28/2005 12:00:00 AM |

Two of them are won by Olympic weightlifting champion Nurcan Taylan in the women's 53 kg class

There were three weightlifting gold medals for Turkey at the Mediterranean Games in Almeira, Spain.

Two of them were won by Olympic champion Nurcan Taylan in the women's 53 kg class with lifts of 87 kilos in the snatch and 108 in the clean-and-jerk, both Games records.  Spain's Estefania Juan took the snatch silver with Soumaya Fatnassi of Tunisia third. 

Juan also picked up the clean-and-jerk bronze medal behind Albanian lifter Fetie Kasaj.  Tunisian Aref Jarray won the men's 62 kg snatch with Turkey's Olympic 56 kg bronze medalist Sedat Artuc second and Samson Ndicka of France third. 

In the clean-and-jerk Jarray failed to record a valid lift and the gold medal went to Artuc with Ndicka winning silver and Albania's Gert Trasha bronze.

No tears this time:

Turkey's Yildiz Aras was in tears on Saturday after losing the women's over-65kg karate final on a controversial judging decision. 

On Sunday it was a different story as she beat Spain's Gloria Casanova Rodriguez 1-0 in the final to win gold in the open category. 

 "I couldn't sleep at all last night," Aras said afterwards.  "I very much wanted the gold medal.  There are a number of champions here and I've beaten all of them.  I'm very happy." 

On Saturday's controversy, she added, "When I'm happy to settle for second place I'll give up karate." 

Yusuf Baser won a bronze medal for Turkey in the men's open. 

The winner was Stefano Maniscalco of Italy with Yann Baillon of France taking the silver medal and Egypt's Mohamed Abd El Hamid the other bronze.

Gold for Cebi:

Turkey also picked up a greco-roman wrestling gold medal when Selcuk Cebi beat Spain's Moises Sanchez Parra in the 66 kg final. 

Two other members of the Turkish team lost their finals, Serkan Ozden to Egypt's Mohamed Mohamed at 84 kg and Yekta Yilmaz Gul to Xenofon Koutsioumpas of Greece at 120.  Erkan Dundar collected a 56 kg bronze medal.

[] Shock defeat:

There was a surprise defeat for the Turkish men's basketball team when it lost its second opening round Group B game 78-74 to Bosnia. 

The only Turk in double figures was Erkan Veyseloglu with 15 points.

Italy takes three more swim golds:

 Elisa Pasini won the women's 1,500-meter freestyle Sunday, one of three swimming golds for Italy at the Mediterranean Games.

Pasini took the lead after 200 meters and expanded the edge over her nearest opponent to about 25 meters before winning in a time of 16 minutes, 30.16 seconds. Erika Villaecija of Spain won silver in 16:40.11, and Marianna Lymperta of Greece was third with a time of 16:48.38.

Italy's Alessia Filippi won the women's 400 individual medley in 4:40.61, beating Slovenia's Anja Klinar (4:44.00) and Spain's Sara Perez (4:47.77). The Italian men's team won the 800 freestyle relay in 7:18.48. Greece took the silver in 7:19.87, and France (7:24.20) won the bronze.

Italy won four golds in the pool in the first two days of the event.

France won two swimming golds Sunday. In the women's 100 freestyle, France swept the top two spots, with Celine Couderc (55.46) edging Solenne Figues (55.56). Italy's Cristina Chiuso was third in 56.14.

Frenchman Hugues Dubosq won the men's 200 breaststroke in 2:13.98. Paolo Bossini of Italy won silver in 2:15.15, and Daid Sofiane of Algeria was third with a time of 2:16.54.

Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli won the men's 400 medley in 4:14.34. France's Nicolas Rostoucher (4:19.17) was second, and Greece's Ioannis Drymonakos (4:19.37) took the bronze.

Algeria won gold and bronze in the men's 100 freestyle. Salim Iles was first in 49.10, Italian Filippo Magnini won silver in 49.37, and Nabil Kebbab (49.68) was third.

Spain's Sara Perez won the women's 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:28.87. Italy's Sara Giovannoni took the silver in 2:31.14, and Spain's Belen Domenech (2:31.36) won bronze.

Italy won gold in men's volleyball, beating Spain. France beat Spain to win the women's event.

Egypt won its second gold in karate with Mohamed El Shemy defeating Oscar Vazquez Martins of Spain in the men's under-70 kg category. Vazquez Martins got the silver and Giuseppe Di Domenico of Italy and Koceila Hamadini of Algeria were awarded bronze.

On Saturday, Heba Aly earned Egypt's first gold, also in karate, by winning the women's under-50 kg.

Also Sunday, France's Olivier Beaudry defeated Adnan Hadzic of Bosnia-Herzegovina to win the under-70 kg event. Bronze went to Algeria's Yacine Gouri and Konstantinos Papadopoulos of Greece.

Snezana Peric of Serbia-Montenegro beat Petra Narandja of Croatia for gold in the women's under-60 kg. Noelia Alonso Fernandez of Spain and Tunisia's Rafika Dakhlaoui received the bronze.

Italy's Vanessa Ferrari won the women's all-around individual event in artistic gymnastics, and Spain's Rafael Martinez Barrena won the men's all-around.

Italian Giovanni Pellielo was best in men's clay target shooting.

Sandra Graziotin of France won the women's 10-meter air rifle event.

The games feature more than 4,000 athletes from 21 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Europe has 14 countries taking part, with five from Africa, and two from Asia.

The games are held every four years, lasting for 13 days. They were first staged in 1951.

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