Turkey's men's volleyball and handball teams win gold in Deaflympics

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Turkey's national men's volleyball and handball teams were crowned champions on Friday at the 23rd Summer Deaflympics in Samsun after beating Ukraine and Russia respectively.

The Turkish volleyball team wrapped up the first set with a 25-22 lead against Ukraine. The second set ended with a similar score, 25-22. Thanks to the players' consistent and energetic performance, the Turks sealed their victory with a 25-23 lead at the end of the final set.

Also on Friday, in the men's Team Kata competition in karate, Burak Mert Can, Fatih Çiçek and Mehmet Ali Sapmaz defeated Ukraine in the finals to win gold.

Turkey participated in the Deaflympics for the first time in 1989 and has won 84 medals, including 17 gold. At total of 33 medals were won by Turkish athletes in the Sofia Games.

The first Deaflympics was organized by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf in Paris in 1924.

From those humble beginnings, the latest games that have grown into the world's third largest sporting organization, began Tuesday in Samsun with more than 3,000 athletes from 97 countries participating.

It is set to run through July 30.

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