7th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships: Opening ceremony and first day results
VIPs Gather for Colombia’s First Opportunity to Host Global Taekwondo Competition
Tunja, Colombia (December 5, 2012) – The 7th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships kicked off today with a spectacular opening ceremony that wowed an audience estimated to be over 10,000 – a fitting curtain-raiser to the tournament which, this year, will boast a record number of participating athletes and countries.
The opening ceremony was attended by a number of VIPs, including: Dr. Chungwon Choue, president of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF); Mr. Fernando Florez Espinosa, mayor of Tunja; Ms Ana Edurne Camacho, director of the 7th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships; and Raul Pinzon, president of the Colombian Taekwondo Federation.
Dr. Chungwon Choue commented on the event:
“It is fantastic for Colombia to host its first major taekwondo competition – we are all delighted to be here at this event. 556 athletes are participating from 53 different countries across the globe, ranging from under 17 years to over 59 years of age, showing the truly universal nature of taekwondo – which is quickly becoming the second most practiced sport, behind football, in the Pan American region. I think the cheering fans tonight showed how popular this sport is here. Another milestone is that these are the first Championships where freestyle taekwondo is being introduced – making the event all the more exciting for both athletes and spectators.”
After Oscar Munoz’s success in the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games, and more recent success at the London 2012 Olympic Games where he won a bronze medal in taekwondo for Colombia, the sport’s popularity in the region has boomed.
Mr. Fernando Florez Espinosa talked about what the Championships mean for his city:
“This event is the first global taekwondo event ever held in Colombia. The people in this city are so excited to see the competition. This sport is the fastest growing sport, not only in Colombia, but also around the world. This is why it is such a great opportunity to show Tunja to the world as a sport city. At the same time, it will boost further development of taekwondo in the city and in the entire country.”
The Championships will be televised, as well as streamed live on the WTF Web TV:www.wtf-taekwondo.tv.
Host Nation Qualifies for 5 Finals, Takes 4 Medals
Tunja, Colombia (December 6, 2012) – The 7th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships kicked off with a bang with host Colombia, Canada, and the United States stealing the show on the first day of competition.
The first day saw the male and female under 17, the male and female over 59, the mixed pair over 29, and the men’s freestyle competing to be the world’s best. The host nation, after qualifying an athlete in all five finals of the day, found itself walking away with four medals; one gold, one silver, and two bronzes. Colombia’s Karen Suache Arias had fans on their feet as she dominated the finals of the female under 17 to grab the country’s first gold medal of the Championships.
All that competed in the men’s freestyle poomsae competition wowed the crowd, but it was Canada’s Charlie Chong that was leaps and bounds above his opponents. This year is the first time that freestyle poomsae is an official category of the WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships. Mexico’s Vaslav Ayala Talavera was a several 10ths behind Chong grabbing the silver with China’s Luo Qiusheng and Colombia’s Leandro Rodriguez both won bronze.
The Championships’ oldest and youngest competitors both found themselves on the medal podium with a bronze medal each. Fourteen-year-old Isaac Velez Castano of Colombia grabbed his nation’s first medal of the day. Kyu Kyun Lee, the renowned 66-year-old Grandmaster of Korea, had all eyes set upon him as his former students watched in awe at his precision and grace. Spain’s Jeong Cheol Kim was the one who stood atop the podium with the gold in the male over 59 category as Colombia’s Oscar Pasada Rios taking the silver and Chinese Taipei’s Chen Huo Shih sharing the bronze with Grandmaster Lee.
Korea finished equal to host Colombia in the medal count with one gold, one silver, and two bronzes. In addition to Lee, male over 59, Hyen Min Lee wore gold around his neck in the male under 17, while So Hee Kang donned bronze in the female under 17 competitions.
The United States also had huge day as they took two gold medals and the top award for the first WTF Freestyle Poomsae Video Contest. Noreen Thakrey displayed her mastery by attaining the gold in the women’s over 59, and the dynamic duo of Jason Hwang and Young A Kim impressively achieving gold medal status in the pair over 29.
Ahn Nguyen took top honors in the 1st WTF Freestyle Poomsae Video Contest with his impressive solo performance submission. The contest was to promote and stir enthusiasm for the new freestyle categories of the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships.
A busy Day 2 awaits the nations and competitors as they both men and women prepare to compete in under 29, under 49, and under 59 divisions. The second edition of the freestyle competitions will also be under way as the ladies take their turn.
Source: WTF Press Release
7th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships 1st day results:
Male under 17 :
1) Lee Hyen Min – KOR (7.49)
2) Jamshidi Mohammadmehdi – IRI (7.32)
3) Velez Castaño Isaac – COL (7.22)
4) Nguyen Minh Van – VIE (7.15)
Female under 17 :
1) Suache Arias Caren – COL (7.85)
2) Blundo Elena – ITA (7.82)
3) Yao Jing Jing – CHN (7.62)
4) Kang So Hee – KOR (7.60)
Female over 59 :
1) Thackrey Noreen – USA (6.62)
2) You Youn-ja – KOR (6.50)
3) Borring Lis – DEN (6.05)
4) Catalina Hernández Ramos – ESP (5.82)
Male over 59:
1) Jeong Cheol Kim – SPA
2) Óscar Pasada – COL
3) Kyu Kyun Lee – KOR
3) Chen Huo Shih – TPE
1) Chong Charlie – CAN (7.80)
2) Ayala Talavera Vaslav – MEX (7.50)
3) Luo Qiusheng – CHN (7.26)
4) Rodriguez Rodriguez Leandro – COL (7.23)
Pairs + 29:
1) USA – Hwang Jason y Kim Young A. (7.50)
2) NED – Janssen Robertus y Schoenmakers Angelique (7.42)
3) RUS – Gorbunov Evgeny y Tipliakova Natalia (7.40)
4) GER – Ketteniss Marcus y Ketteniss Nicole (7.38)