Mexico 2015 Grand Prix Final (G-8) – Day 2: China and Korea take 2nd gold as Iran and Egypt clinch 1st
2015 WTF World Grand Prix Final
Mexico City, Mexico
G-8 category event
Round by round results: Day 1 / Day 2
Day 2 – Report
China and Korea grabbed their second gold at Mexico 2015 Grand Prix Final on the second and last day of action, which was held in the country’s capital on Sunday, to finish as the only two nations to clinch more than one title in the event. China, who also took 1 bronze through Zhang on Saturday, finished on top of the medal count, as Korea had no more medals apart from the 2 gold ones. The other 2 golds of the day were awarded to Iran and Egypt, who hadn’t tasted glory until yesterday.
The Women’s -57 kg was dominated by the Egyptian Hedaya Malak, who climbed to the top of the podium after getting rid no less than the British Jade Jones in Semis (superiority) and Eva Calvo from Spain in the big final (3-0). The lower step of the podium in this category was occupied by the reigning Olympic champion, Jones, who defeated the Swedish Glasnovic by superiority in the bronze medal match.
The second gold for China was clinched by Shuyin Zheng, who was crowned as the Women’s +67 kg champion after edging local hero Maria Espinoza by 4-1 in the crucial fight. Reshmie Oogink from Netherlands was awarded with the bronze as she proved to be stronger than Galloway from USA in the repechage (4-1).
In Men’s -68 kg, we enjoyed another extraordinary performance from Dae-hoon Lee, who tasted glory after struggling to beat the local hope of the division, Saul Gutierrez, by 8-7 in the most exciting final of the day, which was decided in the sudden death period. Jaouad Achab from Belgium, current world champion, took the lower step of the podium after having also to go to the extra time to get rid of Alexei Denisenko from Russia (3-2).
In the last category of the event, Sajjad Mardani from Iran gave his country the first title of the weekend after edging N’Diaye from France in the final by 2-0, leaving the bronze for world number 1 Baykuziyev (UZB), who had to defeat no other than Anthony Obame from Gabon in the repechage by 3-2.
Day 2 – Final Podiums
Category: Seniors Female A -57 – Competitors: 8
1st 15 MALAK, HEDAYA EGYPT NATIONAL TEAM EGY
2nd 53 CALVO GOMEZ, EVA SPAIN NATIONAL TEAM ESP
3rd 25 JONES, JADE GREAT BRITAIN NATIONAL TEAM GBR
Category: Seniors Female A +67 – Competitors: 8
1st 9 ZHENG, SHUYIN CHINA NATIONAL TEAM CHN
2nd 42 ESPINOZA, MARIA MEXICO NATIONAL TEAM MEX
3rd 47 OOGINK, RESHMIE NETHERLANDS NATIONAL TEAM NED
Category: Seniors Male A -68 – Competitors: 8
1st 37 LEE, DAE-HOON KOREA NATIONAL TEAM KOR
2nd 44 GUTIERREZ, SAUL MEXICO NATIONAL TEAM MEX
3rd 4 ACHAB, JAOUAD BELGIAN NATIONAL TEAM BEL
Category: Seniors Male A +80 – Competitors: 8
1st 32 MARDANI, SAJJAD IRAN SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM IRI
2nd 20 N’DIAYE, M’BAR FRANCE NATIONAL TEAM FRA
3rd 64 BAYKUZIYEV, JASUR UZBEKISTAN NATIONAL TEAM UZB
Day 1 – Final Podiums
Category: Seniors Female A -49 – Competitors: 8
1st 6 WU, JINGYU CHINA NATIONAL TEAM CHN
2nd 16 AZIEZ, YASMINA FRANCE NATIONAL TEAM FRA
3rd 59 WONGPATTANAKIT, PANIPAK THAILAND NATIONAL TEAM THA
Category: Seniors Female A -67 – Competitors: 8
1st 18 NIARE, HABY FRANCE NATIONAL TEAM FRA
2nd 60 TATAR, NUR TURKEY NATIONAL TEAM TUR
3rd 7 ZHANG, HUA CHINA NATIONAL TEAM CHN
Category: Seniors Male A -58 – Competitors: 8
1st 35 KIM, TAE-HUN KOREA NATIONAL TEAM KOR
2nd 29 ASHOURZADEH FALLAH, FARZAN IRAN SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM IRI
3rd 43 RODRIGUEZ, CESAR MEXICO NATIONAL TEAM MEX
Category: Seniors Male A -80 – Competitors: 8
1st 28 MUHAMMAD, LUTALO GREAT BRITAIN NATIONAL TEAM GBR
2nd 46 COOK, AARON MOLDOVA NATIONAL TEAM MDA
3rd 31 HAJIZAVAREH, MASOUD IRAN SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM IRI
Day 1 – Report
China, France, Great Britain and Korea were the 4 nations to taste glory on the first day of action at Mexico City 2015 Grand Prix Final, which kicked off yesterday in the Mexican capital.
The first division to be completed was the Women’s -49 kg, in which the double Olympic and world champion, the Chinese Jingyu Wu, reigned once again after beating Aziez from France by 6-4 in the big final. The bronze medal of the category was awarded to the Thai Wongpattanakit, who defeated the local hope Manjarrez by 4-2 to reach the podium.
The other Female category in competition on Saturday was the -67 kg, which was clinched by the world number 1, the French Haby Niare, who got rid of Nur Tatar from Turkey by 1-0 in a ver tight gold medal match. The third step of the podium was taken by the Chinese Zhang, who proved to be stronger than Russian Baryshnikova in the repechage, beating her by 4-1.
The first Male division completed on Saturday was the -58 kg, in which Korea won its first gold medal of the event through the perfomance of Tae-hun Kim, who edged world number 1 Farzan Ashour from Iran in the final match by a close 3-2. The lower step of the podium during the medal ceremony was occupied by Cesar Rodriguez, who was the first Mexican athlete to win a medal in the event after beating Rui Bragança from Portugal by superiority.
The last title to be decided was one of the most spectacular ones we can enjoy, the Men’s -80 kg, in which two former team mates such as Lutalo Muhammad (GBR) and Aaron Cook (MDA) fought in the big final, with the British grabbing gold after winning by 7-3. The other medalist of the category was the Iranian Masoud Hazijavareh, who defeated Albert Gaun from Russia in the bronze medal match by a close 5-4.
The world’s top taekwondo fighters gather in Mexico City this week for two days of competition that will qualify the first tranche of athletes for the Olympic Summer Games in Rio, 2016.
The 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final, to be held on December 5-6 in the Mexican capital’s Sala de Armas – the Olympic fencing venue in the Magdalena Mixihuca sports complex – invites the sport’s 64 highest-ranked athletes from 28 countries. At the Final – the fourth Grand Prix event of the year – athletes fight it out in four male and four female Olympic weight categories.
Forty-eight athletes will win a ticket to Rio in what is certain to be two intense days of competition.
“The Grand Prix Final is always one of the most exciting competitions of the year,” said WTF President Chungwon Choue. “With the added incentive of Rio 2016 qualification, I am sure this year’s final will be even more special.”
The remaining 80 taekwondo Olympic berths will be filled next year by athletes via Continental Qualification Tournament (72), host country places (4) and Tripartite Commission Invitation – better known as wild cards – (4). A final total of 128 fighters will compete on the mats in Rio.
In addition to the Grand Prix Final, Mexico City will also be hosting the WTF Gala Awards 2015, the WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships and an extraordinary WTF Council meeting.
On December 7, the WTF Council will gather for an extraordinary meeting to discuss the latest developments, including progress on the nascent Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation – a body which will deploy coaches to refugee camps worldwide – and preparations for Rio 2016.
On the evening of December 7, the WTF will host its second annual WTF Gala Awards, honoring the male and female athletes of the year, the coach of the year, the referee of the year, the member national association of the year and the best kick of the year.
The ‘Player of the Year’ will be decided by the athletes; voting began during the WTF Grand Prix Series 3 in Manchester, UK, and will continue onsite in Mexico. The ‘Coach of the Year’ will be voted by players, coaches and referees; the ‘Referee of the Year’ will be chosen by the referees; and the ‘Member National Association of the Year’ will be selected by the WTF leadership.
This year’s gala awards also include an inaugural ‘Kick of the Year’ award to honor the beauty and precision of the sport’s best techniques.
“The WTF Gala Awards 2015 will be a wonderful way to end a fantastic year,” Choue said. “It provides the WTF with a chance to thank all our athletes, coaches, referees and member national associations who work so hard throughout the year and contribute so much to our global sport.”
On December 8-9, the Sala de Armas hosts the WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships. Eight male and seven female teams, comprising 89 athletes, will participate in the championships. The championships adopt a tag-team format, creating a fast-and-furious spectacle.
“The World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships bring an entirely different dynamic to the game, making it one of the sport’s most exhilarating fixtures,” Choue said.
List of competitors
Draws: Day 1 / Day 2 – COMING SOON