1st Europe-Asia Intercontinental Taekwondo Championships in Moscow
The 1st Europe-Asia Intercontinental Taekwondo Championships took place on Oct. 12, 2012 at the USZK in Moscow, Russia. Asia beat Europe 13-3 on aggregated points at the inaugural championships, which featured eight individual and four team competitions.
Each continent sent eight individual Olympic-category athletes and two six-member teams to the championships. For team competition, Europe was represented by a Russian team and a European squad, while Asia was represented by Jordan and Iran. The Jordan team was composed of five Jordanian athletes and one Thai athlete.
One point was given to the continent for an individual victory, while two points were awarded to the continent for a team competition win.
The countries that participated in the championships were Chinese Taipei, Iran, Jordan, Thailand and Uzbekistan from Asia, and Armenia, Croatia, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine from Europe.
An opening ceremony and commemorative performances were held before competitions. WTF President Chungwon Choue delivered an opening speech, while Mr. Anatoly Terekhov, WTF Council member and president of the Russian Taekwondo Union, delivered his welcoming speech.
The Europe-Asia championships started with a team competition between Jordan and Russia. The Jordan team defeated a six-member Russian team 37-34.
In the following team match between Iran and Europe, Asia continued its lead over Europe as a six-member Iranian team edged a six-member European team, one athlete each from Ukraine, Luxemburg, Great Britain, Croatia, Armenia and Russia, 35-31.
Eight individual matches, four female and four male, followed two team competitions.
In the women’s under 49kg division, Siriporn Buabsod of Thailand defeated Ioanna Koutsou of Greece 3-2. In the men’s under 58kg category, Uno Sanli of Sweden needed a sudden-death round to beat Cheng-Ching Huang of Chinese Taipei 1-0 after a 9-9 tie.
In the women’s under 57kg category, Li Cheng Tseng of Chinese Taipei won the match against Malina Mihaila of Romania with a 12-0 point gap victory. In the men’s under 68kg division, London Olympic silver medalist Mohammad Bagheri of Iran defeated Filip Grgic of Croatia 7-4.
In the women’s under 67kg category, Petra Matijasevic of Croatia defeated Yann Yeu Chen of Chinese Taipei 6-1. In the men’s under 80kg category, Farzad Abdollahi of Iran defeated Arman Yeremyan of Armenia 6-2.
In the women’s over 67kg division, Reshmie Oogink of the Netherlands beat Rima Ananbeh of Jordan 5-1. In the men’s over 80kg category, Jasur Baykuziyev of Uzbekistan crushed Leonardo Basile of Italy 11-7.
Two team competitions followed the individual matches.
In the team competition match between Jordan and Europe, the Jordanian team outpointed the six-member European team 38-28.
In the last team competition match between Iran and Russia, the Iranian squad brushed aside a stiff challenge from the six-member Russian team 20-17.
After all matches, Asia defeated Europe 13-3 based on aggregated points.
[WTF Press Release]