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MANCHESTER, UK (May 19, 2019) – Four new athletes were today elected to serve on the World Taekwondo Athletes’ Committee for a four-year term from 2019-2023.
The new members were elected by their fellow athletes during the Manchester 2019 World Taekwondo Championships. It was the first time that World Taekwondo has held elections for its Athletes’ Committee and reflects the federation’s commitment to ensuring that the athlete voice continues to be represented in the governance of the sport.
The four elected athletes are:
Jingyu WU (China) W-49kg
Beijing 2008 & London 2012 Olympic Games – Gold
2009& 2011 World Championships – Gold
2019 World Championships – Silver
Nikita GLASNOVIC (Croatia) W-57kg
2017 World Championships – Bronze
Fujairah 2019 Grand Prix Final – Silver
Benjamin HAINES (Great Britain) M-68kg
2017 Dutch Open – Silver
Stephen LAMBDIN (USA) M+80kg
2019 US Open – Bronze
In order to ensure the Committee was globally balanced, no more than one athlete per country was able to be elected and male and female athletes had to be represented. Jordan’s Nadin Dawani and France’s Pascal Gentil continue to serve as co-chairs and sit as ex-officio members on the World Taekwondo Council.
MANCHESTER, UK (May 19, 2019) – World Taekwondo today took another step forward in the implementation of its Sustainability Strategy as World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue signed a pledge to implement the principles enshrined in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Sports for Climate Action Declaration.
The letter, addressed to the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, was signed in the presence of IOC President Thomas Bach on the side-lines of the Manchester 2019 World Taekwondo Championships. In the letter, World Taekwondo commits to working collaboratively with its peers and relevant stakeholders to develop, implement and enhance the climate action agenda in sports.
The signing of the letter forms part of recommendations 5 and 14 of the World Taekwondo Sustainability Strategy which advocate alignment with the IOC Sustainability Strategy and the contribution to the achievement of specific Sustainable Development Goals.
The World Taekwondo Sustainability Strategy consists of a total of 17 recommendations developed to achieve sustainable events and a clear and transparent governance framework. It was presented at the World Taekwondo Conference and subsequently approved by the General Assembly in Manchester. It provides a holistic framework to ensure World Taekwondo, its Continental Unions and Member National Associations (MNAs) are functioning sustainably.
World Taekwondo in implementing the strategy, will expand upon its recommendations that go beyond climate action and also encompass sustainable practices and policies across gender equality, financial compliance, ethics and integrity, events management, marketing and fair and clean sport. This comprehensive strategy draws from international best practice and sets World Taekwondo apart as a federation taking concrete action to address sustainability.
World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue said:
“World Taekwondo is a global organisation with more than 200 Member National Federations around the world. Climate change is an issue that affects all of us and is something we all have a responsibility to take action against. That is why we have committed to implementing the principles of the Sports for Climate Action Declaration which are aligned with key recommendations of our Sustainability Strategy.
“At World Taekwondo we want to ensure that sustainability is enshrined in everything we do; from minimising our impact on the environment all the way through to implementing sustainable policies in the way our federation is governed and operates. As the governing body of a global sport we have a platform to promote best practice principles to the widest possible audience.”
The current Manchester 2019 World Taekwondo Championships is the embodiment of these current sustainable practices and has been organised to minimise its environmental footprint. All hotels are within walking distance of the venue and all equipment is being re-used.
MANCHESTER, UK (May 19, 2019) – The Manchester 2019 World Taekwondo Championships drew to a spectacular close today with Korea, China & Great Britain finishing top of the overall medal table, following seven dramatic gold medal matches.
In the women division, Korea finished top of the medal table, followed by China and Great Britain. In the men division Korea finished top followed by Russia and China.
The medal tables were decided following a packed schedule of fights on the final day with Cuba, Turkey, Russia and China, Azerbaijan, Thailand all claiming gold medals – demonstrating the global strength of taekwondo. The full results from the final day can be found below.
The record-breaking World Championships concluded with a Closing Ceremony that befit the excitement and grace of the competitions that had taken place over the previous five days. The iconic World Taekwondo Demonstration Team showcased their trademark gravity-defying stunts and acrobatic skill to the delight of the crowd and were followed by stunning music and dance routines from local performers.
The Closing Ceremony also saw the World Taekwondo flag officially pass from the Manchester 2019 Organising Committee to hosts of the 2021 World Championships, Wuxi.
With more than 950 athletes from 150 nations plus one Refugee Team having competed in the World Championships, there was plenty of excellent performances to choose from for the end of competition awards. The following awards were presented at the end of the Closing Ceremony:
Men MVP Award – Jun Jang (Korea)
Women MVP Award – Jade Jones (Great Britain)
Best Women Team Award – Korea
Best Men Team Award – Korea
Best Men Team Coach Award – Claudio Nolano (Italy)
Best Women Team Coach Award – Lee Chang Geon (Korea)
Best Women Referee Award – Zhu Linfang (China)
Best Men Referee Award – Srtefan Raileanu (Moldova)
Fighting Spirit Award – Canada
Active Participation Award – Brazil
In the men’s +87kg, Rafael Alba took the gold for Cuba, Carlos Sansores of Mexico took silver, Maicon Siqueira of Brazil and Hamza Kattan of Jordan won bronze.
The last final of the Manchester 2019 World Taekwondo Championships matched Alba and Carlos Sansores. Alba’s 202cm height did not stop Sansores from scoring a head shot within the first 40 seconds, which was followed by a body shot from Alba. The second round started with Alba scoring a head shot, putting him in the lead 6-4. The much-anticipated final round saw kicks to the body from both Alba and Sansores, but with one minute to go the score was still 6-4. With 20 seconds left, Alba scored another head shot, winning 9-5.In the first semi final, Alba faced Siqueira of Brazil. The two fighters were tied at the end of round one, but Alba quickly took the lead with a series of body shots and punches. The third round saw Siqueira land a spectacular head shot, but Alba fought back with a series of impressive kicks and was able to win the match 17-13. In the second semi final, Hamza Kattan of Jordan fought Sansores. Sansores opened the scoring with a kick to the body. Sansores extended his lead in the second round. The final round increased in intensity with both fighters vying to win, but Sansores ultimately proved too strong and progressed to the final, winning 18-6.
In the women’s -62kg, Irem Yaman of Turkey took gold, Brazil’s Caroline Santos took silver, Bruna Vuletic of Croatia and Magda Wiet Henin of France took bronze.
Santos opened up the women’s -62kg final against Yaman with a single punch. The second round saw more punches from both opponents and a fall from Santos, but Yaman scored a head shot, bringing the score to 8-2.
With one minute to go of the final round, both fighters increased their intensity in the attack, but Yaman was able to land the greater number of kicks. Despite Santos’ best efforts Yaman won the fight 21-7.aman had faced Wiet Henin in the semi final. The fight was close throughout and after three rounds the two fighters could not be separated as the score finished 7-7. It took a final golden point round for Yaman to be declared the winner. In the second semi final Santos fought Vuletic. A strong early round established Santos with a three-point lead. There was very little between the two fighters in the second round but Santos’ lead from the first round proved decisive and she won the match 14-11.
In the men’s -87kg, Vladislav Larin from Russia won gold, Brazil’s Icaro Miguel Martins Soares won silver, Ivan Sapina of Croatia and Zhaoxiang Song of China won bronze.
Larin and Martins Soares took the centre stage for the men’s -87kg final. Larin gave away an early point courtesy of a gam-jeom. At the end of round one, the gam-jeom was the only thing separating the two fighters. Round two began with Martins Soares scoring a body shot followed by a punch, but Larin pushed back with a head and body shot. The final round started off 4-5 to Larin, who pushed the score up 5-10 after punching and kicking his opponent. With less than 30 seconds to go, Martins Soares gave it his all but it was Larin who took the gold, winning 19-9.
Larin had faced Song in the earlier semi-final. Both fighters landed a flurry of head kicks in the final round but it was Larin who progressed to the finals with a score of 18-12. Sapina took on Martins Soares in the second semi final. There was little to choose between the two athletes with Sapina just edging the early exchanges. The third round exploded into life with both fighters attacking for the win but it was Martins Soares who won 16-12.
In the women’s -67kg, China’s Mengyu Zhang won gold, Turkey’s Nur Tatar Askari took silver, Farida Azizova of Azerbaijan and Milena Titoneli of Brazil won bronze. Zhang and Tatar Askari took to the stage for the final to try their chances of winning the gold medal. Zhang landed an early kick to the body to establish the lead but, Tatar Askari responded quickly hitting back with a head shot. The second round started with Zhang scoring two body shots followed by a head shot. Tatar Askari gave it her all but lagged behind with the score at 11-4. The final round started with Tatar Askari scoring a head shot but still couldn’t keep up. With one minute to go until the winner was announced the score was at 13-9 to Zhang. Tatar Askari lost her balance gaining a gam-jeom and China’s Mengyu Zhang became the 2019 women’s -67kg World Champion winning 18-9.
In the men’s -80kg, Milad Beigi Harchengani of Azerbaijan took gold, Apostolos Telikostoglou of Greece won silver, Hyeok Park Woo of Korea and Moises Hernandez of the Dominican Republic took bronze. Beigi Harchengani and Telikostoglou faced off in the final and it was Beigi Harchengani who was the first to score against Telikostoglou, but Telikostoglou followed up with a head shot. Beigi Harchengani punched his opponent, but the Greek scored another head shot, evening out the score 6-6. Beigi Harchengani scored a spinning headshot at the end of the second round, pushing himself up to 15-6. The third round brought even more intensity, with Azerbaijan knocking Telikostoglou down twice. Telikostoglou gave it his all, but was ultimately defeated by Beigi Harchengani who took his second World Championship gold, winning 22-12.
In the women’s -53kg, Thailand’s Phannapa Harnsujin won gold, Tatiana Kudashova took silver, Aaliyah Powell of Great Britain and Inese Tarvida of Latvia took bronze.Russian favourite Tatiana Kudashova and Thailand’s Phannapa Harnsujin started the first round of the final with two body shots from Harnsujin, followed by a body shot from Kudashova. Harnsujin responded with a head kick which put her in the lead. During the second round, the women both fought aggressively, resulting in Harnsujin receiving a gam-jeom. Kudashova scored her second body shot of the match, but was still behind Harnsujin. The third round started with another kick to the body from Thailand which was followed by another three gam-jeoms to Kudashova. Harnsujin won the gold 20-10.
In the men’s -63kg, Shuai Zhao of China won the gold medal and Iran’s Soroush Ahmadi took silver. The bronze medals went to Germany’s Iordanis Konstantinidis and Belgium’s Jaouad Achab.
Zhoa and Ahmadi kicked off the first final of the night with Zhoa scoring first with a kick to the head and body. The second round saw both sides punching, but Ahmadi took a fall and received a gam-jeom. As the match approached the half-way point Zhoa was in the lead, but Ahmadi caught up. The final round saw Zhoa perform a spinning body shot, a head and a spinning head shot respectively. China’s Shuai Zhoa took the gold, winning 27-7.
MANCHESTER, UK (May 19, 2019) – Walking back onto the stage at the 2019 Manchester World Taekwondo just two years after retiring, was a dream come true for China’s two-time Olympic medalist Jingyu Wu.
After falling pregnant with her first child, Wu constantly thought about returning to the sport and what she would need to do to get her
A few weeks after giving birth, Wu sat down, tied her trainers and left her home with a mission to get back into running and start training again.
Naturally, having been out of action for a year there were setbacks and she quickly realised her body was not the same as it was before. But she also recognised even though her body has gone through a series of changes, it was okay to not be the same athlete as she was 10 years ago.
“Returning was difficult for me, as my body is not the same and I have to leave my baby at home. But I want to break traditions and challenge my dream.
“I was determined to prove society wrong and come back strong. Women can have children and still do what they love and I want not only athletes, but women in society to know that too.”
After qualifying through the preliminary rounds of the World Championships and defeating her opponent in the semi finals, she was ready to return to the final stage she knows so well.
The three-time taekwondo World Champion stepped up against Thailand’s Panipak Wongpattanakit on the fourth day of the Manchester 2019 World Taekwondo Championship, with nothing but her past memories of winning gold at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 in her mind and the desire to qualify for Tokyo 2020.
A few intense rounds of headshots, punches, body and spinning kicks later, Wu came out with a silver medal
Overjoyed, Wu took to the podium and accepted her medal by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach.
“It was an honor to be awarded my medal by President Thomas Bach. Before I competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, he told me he would give me my medal.
“Unfortunately, I did not win at the Olympics and I was so disappointed. But it was a complete surprise to be awarded the medal by him here. I feel so honored.
“Every time I see Bach, he inspires me to do better and has always encouraged me, which I really appreciate.”
Wu now wants to keep entering tournaments to gain more points, so she can qualify and eventually compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“My family have supported me the whole way. I can’t wait to get back to the Olympics and show women around the world that we are strong and can have a successful career and be a mother at the same time.”
Wu is an inspiration to women around the world and if she continues performing as she did in Manchester she will inspire even more as she takes to the mat at Tokyo 2020.
MANCHESTER, UK (May 18, 2019) – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today joined World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue and a packed crowd at the World Taekwondo Championships to offer his support to the world’s best taekwondo athletes.
IOC President Bach, who was joined by IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell, was treated to the very best of taekwondo as the competing athletes showcased the drama, athleticism and breath-taking excitement which is synonymous with the sport. Encouraged by the deafening crowd, Great Britain, Thailand, and Italy took home gold.
During his visit, President Choue introduced President Bach to young taekwondo athlete, Maisie Catt. Catt, a double leg amputee, is part of the national GB taekwondo academy squad and an inspiration for young taekwondo practitioners around the world.
The two Presidents visited the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) booth, where they met with members of the Refugee Team who are competing at this year’s World Championships.
They were also treated to a showcase of the taekwondo e-sports game by World Taekwondo Athletes’ Committee Co-Chair Pascal Gentil. The first-person, interactive game is currently being developed and fuses the virtual world with real-life exercise as players are immersed into a virtual taekwondo match where they themselves have to kick and punch to win.
IOC President Thomas Bach said:
“These were truly spectacular world championships with the sporting action matched only by the excitement and enjoyment of the crowds. And with 150 nations represented, Taekwondo is really showing that it is a global sport for big and small nations alike.”
World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue said:
“It was a pleasure to host IOC President Thomas Bach here in Manchester for our record-breaking World Championships. President Bach has always supported our beloved sport and I thank him for being here with us to witness some of the world’s best taekwondo athletes in action.
“We were also grateful to have the opportunity to show President Bach some of the other initiatives we are working on at the grassroots level including our work with refugees around the world and our new e-sports game. These initiatives are very important in helping us fulfil our social responsibility and ensuring we deliver on our mantra that peace is more precious than triumph.”
The record-breaking Manchester 2019 World Taekwondo Championships conclude tomorrow (19 May) and have involved 975 athletes from 150 countries plus one Refugee Team.
MANCHESTER, UK (May 18, 2019) – An exciting fourth day of competition at the Manchester 2019 World Taekwondo Championships saw Thailand, Italy and Great Britain claim the three golds on offer.
Each World Champion was awarded their medals in the evening with IOC President Thomas Bach in attendance. Thailand’s Panipak Wongpattanakit and Italy’s Simone Alessio won gold in the women’s -49kg and men’s -74kg respectively, with Great Britain’s Jade Jones winning her first ever World Championship in the women’s -57kg. The silver medals were won by Jordan, China and Korea.
The first final of the night was the women’s -49kg with Rio 2016 Olympic silver medalist Panipak Wongpattanakit taking on two-time Olympic champion Jingyu Wu of China who had recently returned from retirement.
Wu took a fall at the start of the first round giving Wongpattanakit the first point, and Wongpattanakit followed up with a head shot and two body shots, pushing her score up 8-0. The second round saw Wongpattanakit extend her lead with a range of body kicks and head shots, finishing the round 16-0. Wu gave everything she could in the final round landing body kicks and a punch, but ultimately was not able to match Wongpattanakit’s drive to win and Wongpattanakit won the gold 18-5.
Kristina Tomic of Croatia and Rukiye Yildirim Turkey won bronze.
Jordan’s Rio 2016 gold medalist Ahmad Abughaush and Italy’s Simone Alessio started the second final of the evening in an intense fashion, with Alessio scoring 6-1 with a head shot, body shot and punch. The second round brought just as much intensity as the first as Alessio used his 19-inch height advantage to aim for his opponent’s head.
Abughaush fought back with four punches but still had a way to go to catch up. The second round finished 14-7. The final round saw both sides really pushing to win, both colliding together. With 25 seconds to go Abughaush caught up landing a series of punches, but was ultimately defeated by Simone Alessio who took his first World Championship gold, winning 18-11.
The bronze medals were won by Spain’s Daniel Quesada Barrera and Kairat Sarymsakov from Uzbekistan.
The most anticipated final of the night was between Great Britain’s two-time Olympic Champion Jade Jones and Korea’s Ah-Reum Lee. Jones scoring the first two points with a body kick in the first four seconds. Lee opened her scoring with a punch but Jones quickly replied with a punch of her own to take the score to 3-1.
The second-round saw Jones score with three body shots and finished the round in the lead 10-3. Lee forced Jones into conceding two Gam-Jeons but Jones hit back with a body shot. With less than 30 seconds to go, Lee gave it her all but Jones’ defending proved too good and she took gold, winning 14-7.
Skylar Park of Canada and Lijun Zhou of China won the bronze medals.
In the men’s -63kg it was China’s Shuai Zhao and Iran’s Soroush Ahmadi who progressed to tomorrow’s finals.
To kick the fourth night of competitions off, Iordanis Konstantinidis from Germany took on China’s Shuai Zhao. Zhao took the first point of the match with a punch, followed by a body shot. Konstantinidis fought back but was not able to register a point, and the first round of the evening finished 5-0.
Zhao kicked off the second round with multiple body shot attempts and took another point from a successful punch. In the final round Zhoa tried his luck with a headshot but just missed. At the end of the round the score was 10-8 and Zhoa was through to the finals. The second semi final was between Soroush Ahmadi from Iran and Jaouad Achab from Belgium. At the end of the first round the score was 0-0. The second round brought some intense kicks and punches, finishing 3-1 to Ahmadi. Int the final round both sides scored points from punches, but the score finished 6-3 and Ahmadi advanced to the finals.
Russia’s Tatiana Kudashova and Thai legend Phannapa Harnsujin advanced to the fifth day finals.
Kudashova and Aaliyah Powell of Britain took to the stage for the second semi final of the night. Kudashova scored the first 12 points with body shots, punches and a headshot finishing the first round 12-0 up. In the second round Kudashova proved her strength, pushing the score up to 25-3. During the final round Powell tried but could not catch up, as Kudashova advanced to the final winning 38-5.
In the next semi final, Harnsujin took on Latvia’s Inese Tarvida. In the first round, Harnsujin scored the first six points with three body shots, finishing the first round 6-1. In the second round Tarvia cut the defecit with a body kick but was still behind Harnsujin by six points. In the final round the scores got even closer, but with one minute to go Harnsujin was still leading 14-11. The final minute saw a flurry of kicks and Harnsujin booked her place in the final, winning 20-17.
World Champion and Olympic medalist Milad Beigi Harchegani from Azerbaijan and Apostolos Telikostoglou from Greece progressed to tomorrow’s finals.
Dominican Republic’s Moises Hernandez met Telikostoglou in the first of the semi finals. Telikostoglou took the first five points with a series of kicks and finished the first round in the lead. The second round started with Hernandez trying his shot with a scissor kick but missed, however he managed to score two points with a body kick.
In the final round Telikostoglou pilled away and landed a superb head shot to win the match 15-6 and progress to the final. In the next semi final, Harchegani and Korea’s Hyeok Park Beigi Harchegani took the first four points with a head shot and punch. In the second round Beigi Harachegani showed his flexibility again with another head shot. A gam-jeon was given to the Azerbaijani and at the end of round two, Beigi Harchegani was in the lead. In the final round Park Woo scored two head shots, but it was not enough and Beigi Harchegani progresses to the final, winning 37-20.
The last semi final of the night saw Turkey’s Nur Tatar Askari and China’s Mengyu Zhang progress to tomorrow’s finals.
Tatar Askari took on Brazil’s Milena Titoneli, but the first round finished 0-0. During the second round Tatar Askari who came out on top as she scored five points.
In the final round Tatar Askari hit the Brazilian with a spinning body and a head shot, to maintain her lead. Titoneli tried to fight back with a punch but it was not enough, as Tatar Askari progresses to the final winning 20-3. The last semi final of the evening was between Farida Azizova from Azerbaijan and Zhang. The first round ended 0-0 but the second round quickly saw eight points awarded to Zhang as she landed two body shots, a punch and a head shot. In the final round Azizoza registered her first points of the match with a head shot and a spinning body shot but it was too little too late and Zhang progressed to the finals, winning 15-5.