Chelyabinsk 2015 – Day 4: Chinese Taipei and Turkey join golden group
Chinese Taipei and Turkey tasted gold for the first time in Chelyabinsk thanks to Chia Chia Chuang (TPE) and Servet Tazegul (TUR)’s extraordinay performances at Traktor Arena on friday. The silver medallists of the day were Alexey Denisenko, who was close to be the first athlete to bring Russia a title at home, and Nur Tatar, from Turkey. The lower step of the podium was taken by Paige McPherson (USA), Katherine Dumar (COL), Dong-yu Shin (KOR) and José Antonio Rosillo (ESP).
Men’s -68 kg
Servet Tazegul (TUR)
– Alexey Denisenko (RUS)
3 – Dong-yun Shin (KOR)
3 – José Antonio Rosillo (ESP)
Women’s -67 kg
1 – Chia Chia Chuang (TPE)
2 – Nur Tatar (TUR)
3 – Katherine Dumar (COL)
3 – Paige McPherson (USA)
Women’s -67 kg
Chia Chia Chuang (TPE) took the first place in the final after winning by 5-4 a close fight against Paige McPherson from USA. The Asian was the only athlete to score in the first period through a right kick to the body, a 1-0 lead that was rapidly turned around by the American, who connected two consecutive right kicks to the body to lead 2-1. But even before the end of the second, Chuang managed to dominate the fight. She landed a foot on McPherson’s head to rise her score to 4 and managed this point difference until the end of the combat (5-4).
London 2012 silver medallist Nur Tatar jumped into the final by getting rid of Katherine Dumar fom Colombia in another equal and tactical fight (2-1). The Turkish finished the second period with a clean sheet and 2 points on her scoreboard thanks to an unbreakable defense and two precise right kicks to the body. In the last round, she just managed this advantage and allowed Dumar to score only 1 point, completing a superb defensive performance.
Men’s -68 kg
Bronze Olympic medallist and local idol Alexey Denisenko advanced to the final after dramatically beating José Antonio Rosillo from Spain in the last seconds of the combat. Both athletes performed in a really similar way during the whole fight, drawing to 1 with only 8 seconds to go. It was then when Rosillo fell for the second time in the semi-final, giving Denisenko a 2-1 lead. With only 8 seconds to go, the Spaniard tried everything to score, a desperate strategy from which the Russian took advantage to finish 4-1 ahead.
Olymic champion Servet Tazegul (TUR) performed a spectacular semi-final against Dong-yun Shin which finished 16-13 to the Turkish. Tazegul connected some of the best head kicks of the event to stay in the lead of the combat throughout the 6 minutes. He wasn’t in danger in any moment even though his opponent was able to score 13 points in the end, basically because of Tazegul’s lack of attention to the defense an focus on the offensive part of the game.
Women’s -67 kg
A great counter-attack by Chia Chia Chuang (TPE) at the end of the second round decided the Women’s -67 title. The Turkish Tatar was trying to find the Asian’s body when Chuang reacted immediately to do the same, scoring a point that was the only one on the scoreboard until the last seconds of the fight, when Tatar made a desperat final attack that ended with a body kick followed by a head kick. First gold for Chinese Taipei in the event.
Men’s -68 kg
Reigning Olympic champion Servet Tazegul had been “sleeping” since he won gold in London last summer, but he is definitely back. The Turkish completed his superb performance throughout the draw with a spectacular final against the local hope, Alexey Denisenko, bronze in London. Tazegul took an early lead of 5-0, but Denisenko tied the match at the start of the second period, which ended 7-7. Everyone at the Traktor Arena thought the match was going to the sudden death, but Tazegul connected his second head kick of the night with a few seconds left to reing as the new world champion (10-7).
Day session: Men’s -54 kg and Women’s -53 and +73 kg
Thailand, Korea, Turkey, Chinese Taipei, Great Britain, France, Russia, Greece, Croatia and Brazil secured a medal after the day session of Chelyabinsk 2015 Day 4 was completed.
Ten countries managed to place one athlete each, while Russia and Korea got two, into the Semi-finals of the Women’s -53 and +73 kg and Men’s -54kg categories, which will all be resolved during tomorrow’s evening session.
The competitors who will fight for the gold medals on the fifth day of action will be:
Men’s -54 kg
– Ramnarong Sawekwiharee (THA)
– Tae-hun Kim (KOR)
– Venilton Teixeira (BRA)
– Stanislav Denisov (RUS)
World number 1 Kim will face Sawekwiharee for a place in the big final, as the local hero Denisov and Teixeira will fight each other for the other. The Korean star showed his dominance in the division after successfuly beating Lewis (AUS), Haimovits (ISR) and Abuzaid (JOR) by a comfortable point difference (6-0, 15-2, 15-2, being Kazemi (IRI) his only tough challenge so far (11-10), while Sawekwiharee had to defeat Torillos (PHI), Maljkovic (CRO), Tortosa (ESP) and Nakagawa (JPN) to make his way to the Semis. On the other side of the draw, Teixeira got rid of Wahaibi (OMA), Cater (GBR), Sheraliev (UZB) and Woolley (IRL), while Denisov left Audibert (RUS), Motumi (LES), Perez (CHI) and Laachraoui (Belgian competing under WTF) on his way to certify a medal in the category.
Women’s -53 kg
– Yun-Wen Huang (TPE)
– Ana Zaninovic (CRO)
– Geun-byeol Lim (KOR)
– Andriana Asprogeraka (GRE)
Huang clearly proved to be strongest athlete of the draw so far after beating Mamadribagimova (UZB), Marton (AUS) and Mikkonen (FIN), securing the second medal for Chinese Taipei in the event; Zaninovic showed her power over Aldangorova (KAZ), Garcia (COL) and Zhan (CHN); Lim beat Lovgren (SWE), Lara (MEX) Leong (USA) and Ducz (HUN); while Asprogeraka superb performance on thursday left Frotan (AFG), Yangin (TUR) Lytvynchuk (UKR) and Nuñez (CUB) behind her.
Women’s +73 kg
– Nafia Kus (TUR)
– Bianca Walkden (GBR)
– Gwladys Epangue (FRA)
– Olga Ivanova (RUS)
Local idol and reigning world champion Ivanova had no problems to secure another medal for the hosting country as she easily won today’s two fights over Avila (HON) and Rajher (SLO) by 14-2 and 8-0 respectively. Ivanova will face the double world champion Epangue (FRA), who on friday defeated Brandl (GER) by 7-3, Mokhru (TJK) by 5-3 ad Babic (SRB) by 6-0, in tomorrow’s semis. The other semi will put Kus (TUR) and Walkden (GBR) face to face. The Turkish got rid of Bravo (COL), Khodabandeh (IRI) and world number 1 Acosta (MEX), while Walkden left Salinoudi (GRE), Kuo (TPE) and Kowalczuk (POL) on her way to the medals.
Tomorrow will be the day for the Semi-finals and Finals of these three divisions and for the beginning of the Women’s -73 and and Men’s -87 and +87 kg categories, which will complete their draw until the Semi-final round.
Pau Aguilar, Chelyabinsk