The Netherlands won a ninth straight World Games korfball title today ©IWGA

The Netherlands have won a ninth consecutive World Games korfball gold medal following victory in this today's final here.

It was the first time in the history of the Games that the Dutch team did not play Belgium in the final.

Chinese Taipei were instead their opposition after they beat the Belgians in the semi-finals yesterday at the WKK Arena.

The Asians, however, proved no match for korfball’s world power as the Dutch team ran out as comfortable 26-14 winners.

Belgium recovered from the disappointment of losing in the last four by thrashing Germany 24-9 to win bronze.

Karate action began today with the first six sets of medals awarded at the GEM Sports Complex.

Japan won both kata titles with Ryo Kiyuna claiming the men's gold and Kiyou Shimizu taking the women's prize.

Spaniards Damian Quintero and Sandra Sanchez were both forced to settle for silver medals after losing the men's and women's finals respectively.

Venezuela's Antonio Diaz sealed the men's kata bronze while Sandy Scordo of France finished third in the women's event.

Kiyou Shimizu won the women's kata gold medal ©IWGA
Kiyou Shimizu won the women's kata gold medal ©IWGA

France won two of today’s kumite finals.

Steven Da Costa prevailed in the men's 67 kilograms final against Jordan Thomas of Britain while Deivis Ferreras of the Dominican Republic edged Abdelatif Benkhaled of Algeria to win bronze.

Alexandra Recchia then added a second French title of the day after winning the women's 50kg final.

She defeated Miho Miyahara of Japan to seal gold.

Serap Ozcelik of Turkey silenced the home crowd by beating Poland's Madgalena Nowakowska to finish in third place.

Azerbaijan’s Firdosi Farzaliyev prevailed in the men's 60kg category after he overcame Iranian Amir Mehdizadeh in the final.

Bronze went to Spaniard Matias Gomez Garcia after he beat Brazilian Douglas Brose.

Disappointment did not last long for the South American nation, however, as Valeria Kumizaki rose to the top of the podium in the women's 55kg category by beating Tzu-Yun Wen of Chinese Taipei in the final.

Italian Sara Cardin overcame Emilie Thouy of France to seal bronze.

Acrobatic gymnastics brought today's competition to a close ©IWGA
Acrobatic gymnastics brought today's competition to a close ©IWGA

Today's action concluded with acrobatic and trampoline gymnastics competitions at Centennial Hall.

Russia struck gold in the women's group all-around acrobatic final.

Their overall score of 29.440 saw them finish just in front of Belarus, who occupied second place on 29.040.

Great Britain's trio rounded out the podium with a total of 28.235.

German duo Michail Kraft and Tim Sebastian won their country's first World Games acrobatic gymnastics medal since The Hague in 1993.

They defeated 2016 World champions Igor Mishev and Nikolay Suprunov with a score of 29.310.

Suprunov and Mishev of Russia finished with silver after scoring 29.090 while bronze went to Belgian pair Robin Casse and and Kilian Goffaux after they posted 28.550.

Russia's Mikhail Zalomin took gold in the men's double mini-trampoline final.

Over the course of two routines he scored a total of 76.600, which was good enough to finish in first place.

Alexander Renkert of the United States took silver on 73.700 while Portugal's Diogo Carvalho Costa completed the podium on 73.100.

China's Fangfang Jia prevailed in the women's tumbling competition with a score of 72.400.

Russia's Anna Korobeinikova finished just behind in second place on 71.200.

Britain's Lucie Colebeck could have had the silver medal but incurred a penalty of 0.300 which saw her drop down to third with 71.000.