Australia won 27 of the 51 gold medals on offer at the Oceania Karate Championships ©Getty Images

Australia dominated the delayed Oceania Karate Championships held in Nouméa, claiming more than half of the gold medals on offer.

In total, they won 27 of the 51 titles on offer at the L'Arène du Sud in Païta in the capital and largest city of the French special collectivity of New Caledonia

New Zealand placed second on the medals table with 14 golds, while hosts New Caledonia claimed an impressive nine victories to place third.

Nauru were the other nation who claimed a gold medal, courtesy of Paes Kemp in the men's junior over-76 kilograms category.

Australia's performances propelled them to the men's team kumite title.

Teo Cvetkovski overcame compatriot Richard Basckin at under-60kg, while Mitchell Durham won another all-Australian final against Nikolaus Dusterwald in the under-75kg weight division.

Declan Squire provided another gold for Australia in the under-67kg category, with silver going to New Caledonia's Jean Emmanuel Faure, and Rory Attridge doubling Australia's podium presence with a bronze.

Liam Singer of New Zealand overcame Daniel Tielen in the final to deny Australia another men's kumite title at over-84kg, while the host nation New Caledonia tasted success through Mathieu Annonier in the under-84kg as he beat New Zealand's Joshua Heslop in the final.

The men's kata individual final was an all-New Zealand affair, won by Isaac Hoshi at the expense of Nicholas Rowsby.

New Zealand also claimed the men's team kata title.

Mitchell Durham was among the Australian gold medallists at the Oceania Karate Championships in Nouméa ©Instagram
Mitchell Durham was among the Australian gold medallists at the Oceania Karate Championships in Nouméa ©Instagram

The women's team kumite gold went to New Zealand, with Australia placing second and New Caledonia third.

It was Australia who dominated the individual competitions, triumphing in four of the five weight categories.

Jamie Kelly-Hoare claimed gold at under-50kg, with her compatriot Cecilia Tran the only other competitor.

Georgie Lawrence beat New Zealand's Britney Aldridge in the under-55kg final, and Hannah Sullivan saw off New Zealand's Ella Harris to take over-68kg gold.

Mandy Yap prevailed at under-68kg, with New Zealand pair Holly Wigg and Juliet McLachlan taking silver and bronze respectively.

New Caledonia's Lara Lemestre was the other women's kumite winner, defeating Imogen Crampton to deny Australia a clean sweep of individual golds.

The women's individual kata title went to New Zealand's Alexandrea Anacan, who beat Australia's Meezaan Dickinson in the final.

Cadet, junior and under-21 competitions were held in addition to the senior events.

New Caledonia had originally been due to host the Oceania Karate Championships in 2020, but the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.