Chelyabinsk 2015: Medal counts and Daily reports
Chelyabinsk 2015 World Championships
Medal Count – Overall
Medal Count – Female
Medal Count – Male
List of medalists
Day by day reports
Women’s -46 kg
The first match of the session put Iryna Romoldanova (UKR) and Wan-Ting Lin (TPE) face to face for a place in the Women’s -46 kg final. The first round of the fight finished with no points on the scoreboard as both athletes seemed to feel the pressure of the moment, barely attacking each other and focusing much more on their defense. The second period was a copy of the first, wih none of the 2 contenders breaking the ice. Everything was meant to be decided in the last round, but nothing happened once again. It was time for the golden point to decide, which happened just after 31 seconds after the beginning of the extra period. Romoldanova took advantage of a missed kick from Lin to connect a winning right punch into the Asian’s chest.
The second Semi started in a similar way, as Wongpattanakit (THA) was the only fighter to score in the first period after hitting her opponent with a precise right kick, taking a 1-0 lead over Tang Sing from Brazil. The Asian representative was significantly more offensive than the Brazilian, who left almost no cracks on her defensive wall in the second round, which finished 2-1 to Wongpattanakit. Both athletes left the best for the final period, where Tang Sing managed to turnd the score around after two missed attacks from her opponent (3-2). The access to the final seemed to be in Brazilian hands, but the Thai still had something to say, as he connected two consecutive head kicks in the last 20 seconds of the match to jump into the golden match by 8-3.
Men’s -58 kg
The third clash of the session confronted Farzan Ashour Zadeh Fallah (IRI), current number 1 in the WTF Men’s -58 kg ranking, against the local hope for a medal on the day: Ruslan Poiseev. Ashour, significantly taller than Poiseev, tried to connect several head kicks in the first period, not taking enough care of the defense. Poiseev dodged some of them to hit the Iranian with his right punch in no lees than 4 times in the two first periods. He also connected two stunning head kicks with his right foot. On the other hand, Ashour managed to score only one head kick and two punches despite his height advantage. 10-5 for the Russian idol and only 1 round to go. In the final 2 minutes, Ashour showed the spectators at the Traktor Arena why he is reigning as the world number 1, coming back from 5 points behind to tie the match to 11. In the sudden death period, the Iranian proved he could handle the pressure and beat the local hope after taking advantage of a missed punch attack.
Shuai Zhao (CHN) and Si Mohamed Ketbi, from Belgium but competing under the WTF flag after his Federation violated the ETU statutes, were the protagonists of the last Semi. They both started the clash with power, attacking each other for the first 4 minutes without any second for rest. At the end of the first two periods, the Belgian had taken advantage of this situation, leading 8-4 with Zhao looking a bit tired. Ketbi kept attacking with the same pace and managed to lift his score to 14 thanks to his powerful left leg, while Zhao had to content with a total of 7 points.
Women’s -46 kg
The Thai Panipak Wongpattanakit became the new Women’s -46 kg world champion after beating the Ukrainian Iryna Romoldanova in an exciting final which was decided by the number of hits made during the fight. Wongpattanakit started strong and connected a powerful head kick in the first period to lead 3-1, but the Ukrainian cane back giving her the same medicine. They both exchanged a few points during the next minutes, with the Asian athlete having a 5-4 lead with less than 15 seconds to go, when Romoldanova found the way to tie it to 5. In the extra period, no points were scored, so the victory was awarded to the athlete hitting more times her rival, which ended up being Wongpattanakit.
Men’s -58 kg
Farzan Ashour Zadeh Fallah (IRI), current number 1 in the WTF ranking, proved his condition of Men’s -58 kg king by defeating Si Mohamed Ketbi from Belgium by 8-3 in the final. Both athletes had the same strategy to score, using his most skilled leg -left for Ketbi, right for Ashour- to attack and defend, trying to beat his opponent by collecting points one by one. And nowadays there’s no one who can compete against Ashour under this circumstances. He set the pace of the combat throughout the 6 minutes, finishing the first one up 3-0, the second one 5-1 and tasting glory through the final 8-3.
Women’s -49 kg
Double Olympic champion Jingyu Wu (CHN) left no chace for a surprise in the first Semi-final of the session, comfortably beating the local Svetlana Igumenova (RUS) by 10-1. The Russian representative was the first athlete to score taking advantage of a missed attack from the Chinese, but since then there were only points for Wu. Four in the first period, including a tremendous head kick, two in the second one, and four more in the final round. Wu’s quickness was too much for Igumenova, who couldn’t take advantage from the crowd’s support.
Wu’s opponent in the final was going to be decided in the second battle of the evening: Min-ah Ha (KOR) against Tijana Bogdanovic (SRB), which ended up with the Korean gaining the access to the gold match. Ha based her chances on a solid defense, trying to stop every Serbian attack with her right leg and looking for counter-attacks. And her strategy worked perfectly as she was always leading the clash. 0-2 at the end of the first round, 2-3 with 2 minutes to go and 7-5 to jump into fhe final.
Men’s -74 kg
Masoud Hajizavareh (IRI) became the first finalist of the division after hitting Albert Gaun’s (RUS) body with his right heel in the 16th second of the sudden death period. The match had finished 5-5, with the Iranian leading by a small point difference from the very beginning. Everything could have changed in the second round if the video replay appeal requested by the Iranian coach had been approved by the judges, but no points were awarded to Hajizavareh’s head kick. Russia had placed two athletes in today’s Semis, but the crowd had to content with two bronze medals.
The second place in the final was taking by Nikita Rafalovich (UZB), who had to wait until there only were 6 seconds left in the match against Ismael Coulibaly (MLI) to land his right foot in the African’s head. Until then, the match was controlled by Coulibaly, who defended solidly and had scored 3 points through powerful body kicks. In the end, 4-3 for Rafalovich and the first time for Uzbekistan to fight for a gold in Chelyabinsk 2015.
Women’s -49 kg
It was the 2012 World Junior champion, the Korean Min-ah Ha, and not the big favourite, the double Olympic champion Jingyu Wu (CHN), who climbed to the top of the podium after coming back from a 3-1 down score in the last round. Wu was almost touching the gold medal when Ha found a crack on Korea’s defense with a body kick that tied the match to 3. In the sudden death period, both athletes tried to score by using their right legs to the body, but it wasn’t until the 40th second that Ha made it.
Men’s -74 kg
Masoud Hajizavareh (IRI) became the new Men’s -74 kg world champion after intelligently distributing a six point advantage achieved in the two first rounds against Rafalovich (UZB) thanks to two unstoppable head kicks. The Iranian seemed to have the match under control, but Rafalovich insisted until the very end to reverse the score and was not far from doing it. He rocketed to 6 points and was only a head kick away from the gold medal. In the end, 7-9 for the Iranian.
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).
Women’s -53 kg
Yun-Wen Huang (TPE) dominated the 6 minutes of the opening match of the session against Ana Zaninovic (CRO), who couldn’t handle the attacks from the world number 1. Although the fight seemed to be close in the first period, which finished 0-0, it wasn’t, as Huang connected 3 consecutive head kicks in the second round to take a 9-2 lead. In the final period, she collected 3 more points, including a spectacular turnaround body kick, rising her score to 12 and leaving Zaninovic with only 4.
Huang’s opponent in the final ended up being Geun-byeol Lim (KOR), who comfortably got rid of Andriana Asprogeraka (GRE) by 7-1. The Korean took an early 3-0 thanks to 3 consecutive body kicks and gave no chance for a comeback from the Greek representative. In the second round, Lim landed her right foot on Asprogeraka’s head and extended her advantage to 7-0, which almost finished the fight. The European contender managed to score 1 point only in the 3 final minutes and left the scoreboard with the final 7-1.
Bianca Walkden (GBR) took the first place in the Women’s +73 kg final after clearly defeating the Turkish Nafia Kus (TUR) by 10-3. Kus was the athlete who inaugurated the scoreboard through a body kick, but Walkden reacted spectacularly by achieving no less than 10 consecutive points in the next 3 minutes, including a double head kick, a single head kick and a body kick. The British representative took a 10-1 lead which she managed easily to finish ahead by 10-3 after the 6 minutes.
In the second semi-final, the double world champion Gwladys Epangue (FRA) proved to be too powerful for the local idol and world champion in Puebla two years ago Olga Ivanova (RUS), defeating her by 8-5. Epangue connected a total of 8 unstoppable body kicks to take a 8-1 lead, reducing Ivanova’s chances to score until the last minute of the fight, whe the Russian was finally able to rise her score from 1 to 5.
Men’s -54 kg
Stanislav Denisov (RUS) earned the chance to take the first gold for Russia after defeating Venilton Teixeira (BRA) in a spectacular battle which finished 20-17 for the local hero. Teixeira managed to dominate the fight in different moments and even led by 6-1, but Denisov never gave up. That led the combat into a constant change of lead which turned the Traktor Arena into a noise machine. A truly enjoyable fight from both contenders.
World number 2 Tae-hun Kim (KOR) confirmed his current status of unbeatable by defeating an extremely tough opponent as Ramnarong Sawekwiharee (THA), super fast and always looking to punish his rivals. Kim won 6-2, but it wasn’t until the very last second that he was able to breathe. The Thai even had a 2-0 lead at the beginning of the clash, but wasn’t able to score since then even though he appealed for a head kick which was finally disallowed by the referees.
Women’s -53 kg
17-year old Geun-byeol Lim (KOR) became new Women’s -53 kg world champion after no less than defeating the current number 1 in the WTF ranking, Chinese Taipei Yun-wen Huang, by 10-5. Lim led throughout the whole final, finishing 5-2 up when the second period ended and scoring 5 more points in the final round. She was punished with some penalties at the end of the match as she was trying to save the advantage she had obtained, which rose Huang’s score to 5. A well deserved gold medal for the Korean, who wasn’t one of the favourites in the draw, and a major upset for Huang, who was really hoping to lift the title as the reigning world number 1 she is.
Women’s +73 kg
Reiging European champion Bianca Walkden (GBR) confirmed herself as the heavy female athlete of the moment after defeating the double world champion Gwladys Epangue (FRA) by 4-2 thanks to a spectacular comeback in the last seconds of the fight. Walkden was 2-0 down with 10 seconds left, when she managed to find Epangue’s head for the first time to turn the score around and taste the golden glory in Chelyabinsk.
Men’s -54 kg
Tae-hun Kim, current world number 2 in the world, ended with the Russian dream of clinching a gold medal on saturday as the knocked Stanislav Denisov 14-7 in the big final of the Men’s -54 kg division. The first period finished without points on the scoreboard as both athletes were really efective when defending from each other’s attacks. But in the second round, Kim connected 3 body kicks, including one turnaround one, to take a 5-0 lead which was eventually the key of the match. In the last round, the local hope tried his best encouraged by the crowd support, but he was only able to lead the fight into a hitting exchange.
Women’s -73 kg
Hyeri Oh (KOR) was the first athlete in the division to put both feet in the final after getting rid of world number 4 Jackie Galloway (USA) in the last second of the fight. The match started with a really low pace which led to a 0-0 score at the end of the second round. Everything seemed to be quiet, but the Korean and the American gave their very best in the final round, connecting one head kick each to arrive 5-5 with 2 seconds left. It was then when Oh made her last body kick attempt, which turned to be successful, taking a 6-5 victory over Galloway.
Shuyin Zheng (CHN) jumped into the final after clearly defeating world number 2 Iva Rados (CRO) by 8-1. The Croatian was the only athlete to score in the first round, which finished 1-0, but couldn’t contain the attacks launched by the Chinese in 4 minutes remaining. Zheng connected four body kicks one head kick that gave her no less than 7 points, which turned into 8 after Rados was given her second kyongo of the night. In the end, 8-1 for the Chinese.
Men’s -87 kg
World number 1 Jasur Baykuziyev (UZB) fought hardly against Vladislav Larin (RUS) and the crowd support to make his way to the final by 3-1. Both athletes avoided making a single mistake in the first round, which finished 0-0. The second period was not really different, but Baykuziyev and Larin were able to hit each other with the right power for the first time in the match, turning the scoreboard into 1-1. In the final round, the Uzbek left no cracks for Larin to score, while he used his fast right kick to score twice to the body, finishing 3-1 ahead.
Radik Isaev (AZE) beat Rafael Castillo (CUB) by 7-6 in the very last second of a spectacularly offensive fight which seemed to be under control for the Cuban. Castillo managed to achieve a 6-0 lead with only 1 minute to play, a complicated scenario for Isaev, who had no other option than attacking without fear. And he did, connecting a head kick that gave him the first 3 points of the match. He scored the 4th thanks to Castillo’s second kyongo, and then landed a stunning right kick to the head in the last second of the clash to reach the final (7-6).
Men’s +87 kg
Outsider Firmin Zokou (CIV) finished his semi-final match dancing on Traktor Arena’s centra matt. Why? Because he had just beaten the current world number 1 and reigning world champion Anthony Obame (GAB) with an unstopabble head kick in the last second of the fight. Until that moment, both athletes had given a kicking and punching masterclass to turn the score into 5-5. The final action performed by the Ivorian tipped the balance in his favour to jump into the final. A great African clash.
Dmitriy Shokin (UZB) reached his first ever world championship final after scoring the golden point through a punch in the overtime of his fight against Robelis Despaigne (CUB), bronze at London 2012 Olympics. The fight had finished 6-6 thanks to a last second punch from the Uzbek, who seemed to give his best under pressure. Another tough defeat for Cuba, who had placed two athletes in the semis but had to content with 2 bronze medals.
Women’s -73 kg
Hyeri Oh (KOR) gave Korea its fourth gold medal after winning an equal fight against another Asian, Shuyin Zheng (CHN), who resisted Oh’s incredible kicking pace until the last seconds of the match, which ended 5-4. The first round was really intense, with both athletes focusing more on the offensive part of the game (3-3). In the second period, Oh was the only one able to score through a precise body kick (4-3). In the last 2 minutes, Zheng managed to level the fight with another body kick (4-4), and tried to connect yet another winning action in the last seconds, but Oh took advantage of it to counter-attack and score the decisive point (5-4).
Radek Isaev (AZE) became the new Men’s -87 kg world champion after beating world number 1 Jasur Baykuziyev (UZB) in a thrilling fight which wasn’t clear until the referee called it over (5-4). Both fighters feared to be punished in the first 2 minutes, with the scoreboard not changing until the second round. It was then when Isaev counter-attacked a body kick attempt from the Uzbek to find his body. 1-0 at the end of the period and only 2 minutes to go. Isaev kept taking advantage of Baykuziyev’s desperation, achieving a 3-0 lead which seemed the end. But the Uzbeki fought until the last second and was able to almost level it, felling at the lust hurdle.
Men’s +87 kg
Dmitriy Shokin (UZB) tasted glory in Chelyabinsk after connecting a winning body kick in the sudden death period of the final against showman Firmin Zokou (CIV), who was 10-6 ahead with few seconds to go. Shokin’s punch attempts in the third round gave him the chance to stay only 1 point behind the Ivorian, and he took the chance to connect another one to tie the match and win it in the overtime. The first 4 minutes were dominated by the African, but in the end that wasn’t enough to beat the Uzbek.
Women’s -57 kg
World number 4 Mayu Hamada was the first finalist of day after proving to be better than Alizadeh (IRI), who had defeated the Olympic champion Jade Jones in her previous match. Hamada was down on the scoreboard 1-0 and 2-1 when the fight was still in the second period, but was able to punish Alizadeh in the final 2 minutes, scoring 3 consecutive points through body kicks that gave her a 5-2 win to jump into the big final.
World number 2 Eva Calvo (ESP) showed again her solid Taekwondo style against Kotsis (HUN) to win the second semi-final by 4-2 and fight for the gold against Hamada in the crucial match. The first period finished with a draw to 1, but Calvo took the control of the clash in the second, when she landed her right foot on Kotsis’ body twice to take a 3-1 advantage. 2 points down to Calvo is a hard job to recover, and the Hungarian couldn’t do anything to turn the scoreboard around. In the end, 4-2 for the Spaniard.
Women’s -62 kg
Irem Yaman (TUR) left no chance for surprise in her match against number 57 in the world Belanouskaya (BLR), making her way to the final by 9-0. The Turkish was always in control of the fight, leading by 3-0 at the end of the first round, an advantage who she managed to rise up to 4 in the next 2 minutes. In the final round, with Belanouskaya trying to score her first point in a desperate way, the Turkish was able to score 5 more points to finish it 9-0. A great performance by the world number 16, who will significantly go up on the ranking next month.
Eva Calvo’s sister, Marta (ESP), was the second Spanish athlete to make the final after denying most of Rachel Booth’s (GBR) attacks to win the second semi-final by 6-4. Calvo started really strong and connected a spinning body kick that gave her a 3-1 lead which was eventually decisive. Since that moment, the Spaniard focused on her defense, as Booth seemed really dangerous with her left leg. And it was a successful strategy for Calvo, who took advantage of Booth’s late attacks to rise her count to 6. She was then punished with some kyongos, with the final score being 6-4.
Men’s -63 kg
World number 1 and reigning European champion Jaouad Achab, with Belgian nationality but competing as an independent athlete, got rid of Yaghoubi (IRI) by 9-7 to reach another final in a major event. Although the first round was nothing more than a test, with none of the athletes scoring a single point, the rest of the fight was really enjoyable to watch. In the second period, both fighters performed a hitting exchange that finished with Achab 4-3 ahead on the scoreboard. But the best was coming after, as the last 2 minutes were full of action, including an extraordinary head kick by Achab. In the end, 9-7 for the Belgian.
Reigning Olympic champion Joel González (ESP) always gives his best when the situation looks bad for him. The semi-final against Mexican Saúl Gutiérrez was another example of the Spaniard’s cold blood. Gonzalez was 1-0 down at the end of the first round and was able to tie the match to 1. In the second period, both athletes managed to score 1 point, so 2-2 with only 2 minutes left. Time for the final round, with Gutierrez taking a 5-2 with only 5 seconds to go, when Joel connected a spinning body kick to tie to 5. In the sudden death period, the Spaniard kept calm and waited for the moment to come. With only 6 seconds left, he found a crack on the Mexican’s wall to connect a body kick and jump into the final.
Men’s -80 kg
The first semi-final of the division was the best fight of the event, with Damon Sansum (GBR) and Aaron Cook (MDA) fighting for the first time since Cook joined Moldova. And the victory was taken by the British, who scored just after 2 seconds in the overtime after the 6 minutes ended with 13-13. Sansum was the athlete to be ahead of the fight for the most time, finishing 4-2 up at the end of the 1st round and 8-7 after 4 minutes, but Cook resisted and was able to tie the match to 13 thanks to a brave performance. Both athletes exchanged any possible Taekwondo action you can imagine against each other. A truly enjoyable act.
World number 2 Mahdi Khodabakhshi (IRI) took control of Traktor Arena’s central court to tell everyone he deserved a place in the big finala against Sansum. He set the pace of the fight against Tahir Guelec (GER) and stayed always ahead of the German to go trough by 8-5. Guelec tried to comeback in the final minutes, but the Iranian know how to manage this situations and secured a comfortable access to the crucial fight.
Women’s -57 kg
Mayu Hamada became the new world champion after defeating world number 2 Eva Calvo by 5-3 in an equal match decided by a spectacular head kick from the Japanese in the last second of the second round. That action gave the Asian a 5-1 lead that was impossible tu overcome for Calvo, even though the Spaniard tried everything she had. Hamada’s dodging was impressive and let her manage the advantage in a safe way until the end.
Eva’s sister, Marta, couldn’t taste gold either, as she was beaten by the Turkish Irem Yaman by a clear 14-4 in the second final of the day. Calvo managed to get an early lead thanks to a body kick, finshing 1-0 ahead at the end of the first round. The spaniard even tied the match to 4 when the second round was about to finish, but the action who gave her the 4-4 tie was also the one who punished her. Yaman took advantage of Calvo’s position and touched her head with the righ foot. A 7-4 lead which she extended to 14-4 due to the Spaniard’s desperate attempts to score.
Men’s -63 kg
Belgian Jaouad Achab handled the pressure just fine and was able to beat the current Olympic champion Joel Gonzalez (ESP) by 7-6 in a really close final. The first round had not much action, finishing without any points on the scoreboard. And the second one was not much different, as Jouad was the only one to connect a scoring action through a body kick to lead 1-0 with only 2 minutes to go. In the final round, Achab reached a 2-0 advantage, just when Joel scored his first point of the match. But by scoring, he left a crack on his defense, allowing the Belgian to score 3 points by hitting his head. Since then, the Spaniard tried everything to turn the score around, but Achab was clever enough to stay 1 point ahead.
Men’s -80 kg
Mahdi Khobadakhshi offered a sensational performance, probably the best in the event, to take the Men’s -80 kg title in front of Damon Sansum (GBR), beating the British by 16-3 with still 1 minute and 58 seconds to play. The Iranian left no chance for Sansum to get into the match, obtaining a 7-1 lead at the end of the first period and extending it to 13-3 when finishing the second. After connecting two successful head kicks in the first two rounds, the Iranian just needed two seconds in the final round to hit Sansum’s head for the third time and touch the golden glory.
Pau Aguilar, Chelyabinsk