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Mexico 2015 World Cup Team Champs: Azerbaijan reigns in Males as China shines in Females

Mexico 2015 World Cup Team Champs: Azerbaijan reigns in Males as China shines in Females

2015 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships
Mexico City, Mexico
8-9 December 2015
Day 2 – Report
China and Azerbaijan clinched the two gold medals awarded at Mexico 2015 World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships after respectively dominating the Female’s and Male’s category in the last two days at Magdalena Mixihuca Sports Complex.
China grabbed the title after winning all its 5 matches in the event, including a really close final against the local heroes (34-32), an outstanding Mexican Team who kept its gold chances until the very last second. The golden squad, China, had previously defeated Chinese Taipei by a comfortable 32-14 in Semis, while Mexico had edged no other than Korea in the same round by 25-17. Korea and Chinese Taipei had to content themselves with the bronze.
The Chinese national team comprised Shuyin Zheng, double Olympic gold medalist and WTF 2015 Female Player of the Year Jingyu Wu; Hua Zhang – outstanding in this format – Fenfen Shao, Yunfei Guo, and Zhaoyi Li.
The Mexico national team was composed of Itzel Manjarrez, Anel Vaitaire Felix Perez, Paulina Armeria, guest player Haby Niare of France, Mexican national heroine and Olympic medalist Maria Espinoza, and Katherine Dumar.
In the Male’s division, Azerbaijan completed a superb performance in the final to smash Iran by 42-23, a match which was also played as the last of group stage and was taken by the Iranians. But in the big final, Azerbaijan left no chances for its rivals to climb to the top of the podium. The bronze medalists of the category ended up being Korea, who lost to Azerbaijan in the Semis by 48-30, and Russia, who couldn’t handle Iran in the other Semi (31-24).
The Azerbaijan national team was composed of Radik Isaev, Sina Bahrami, Aykhan Taghizade, Said Guliyev, Milad Beigi Harchegani, and Mahammad Mammadov, while the Iranian national team comprised Armin Hadipour Seighalani, Mohammad Kazemi, Abolfazl Yaghoubijouybari, World Champion Masoud Hajizavareh, and Saeid Rajabi.
The male MVP honors when to Azerbaijan’s Milad Beigi Harchegani and China’s Shuyin Zheng was chosen as the female MVP.
Hee-yeong Kim of Korea, Conrad Jenkins of Jamaica and Guillermo Rodriguez of Venezuela were selected as this event’s best referees.
Day 2 – Final Podiums
MALE TEAM
1 – ST AZERBAIJAN AZERBAJAN NATIONAL TEAM AZE
2 – ND IRAN IRAN NATIONAL TEAM IRI
3 – RD KOREA KOREA NATIONAL TEAM KOR
3 – RD RUSSIA RUSSIA NATIONAL TEAM RUS
FEMALE TEAM
1 – ST CHINA CHINA NATIONAL TEAM CHN
2 – ND MEXICO MEXICO NATIONAL TEAM IRI
3 – RD KOREA KOREA NATIONAL TEAM KOR
3 – RD CHINESE TAIPEI CHINES TAIPEI NATIONAL TEAM TPE
Semis and Finals – Complete Results
Women’s

Men’s

Group Stage Standings and Results

Day 2 – Group Stage Results
Men’s
– UZBEKISTAN beat Belgium
– IRAN beat Azerbaijan
– RUSSIA beat Korea
– MEXICO beat United States
Women’s
– CHINA beat Russia
– KOREA beat United States
– CHINESE TAIPEI beat Ivory Coast
Day 1 – Group Stage Results
Men’s:
– IRAN beat Uzbekinstan
– KOREA beat Mexico
– AZERBAIJAN beat Belgium
– RUSSIA beat United States
– IRAN beat Belgium
– RUSSIA beat Mexico
– AZERBAIJAN beat Uzbekistan
– KOREA beat United States
Women’s:
– CHINA beat Korea
– MEXICO beat Ivory Coast
– RUSSIA beat United States
– KOREA beat Russia
– MEXICO beat Chinese Taipei
– CHINA beat United States
Day 1 – Standings
Men’s:
– Group A
1 – Azerbaijan 2W 0L
2 – Iran 1W 1L
3 – Uzbekistan 1W 1L
4 – Belgium 0W 2L
– Group B
1 – Korea 2W 0L
2 – Russia 2W 0L
3 – Mexico 0W 2L
4 – USA 0W 2L
Women’s:
– Group A
1 – China 2W 0L
2 – Korea 1W 1L
3 – Russia 1W 1L
4 – USA 0W 2L
– Group B
1 – Mexico 2W 0L
2- Chinese Taipei 0W 1L
3 – Ivory Coast 0W 1L
WTM
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (December 8, 2015) –The 2015 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships kicked off today for a two-day run at the Sala de Armas, the Olympic fencing venue in the Magdalena Mixihuca Sports Complex in Mexico City, Mexico.
Final winners will be decided after the second day of action ends on December 9.
The World Cup is arguably the most exciting event on the taekwondo calendar. While individual taekwondo matches frequently feature tactical, defensive combat, the World Cup, using a team format, features consistently dynamic, offensive action.
In the first round, fighters are matched up by pre-set number. In the second and third rounds, coaches can substitute fighters as the situation demands – signaling each substitution by audio signal.
Eleven nations were represented at the event, which pitches 15 teams – eight male and seven female – against each other.
Each male team has a maximum weight of 442kg for five players, though teams can compete with four persons, or five plus an optional substitutes. Each female team has the same number qualification as the men, but with a maximum weight of 376kg.
In the male category, the teams represented are (in ranking order): Iran, Russia, Uzbekistan, Korea, Belgium, Azerbaijan, the USA and Mexico. In the female category, the teams represented are: Korea, last year’s champions, Chinese Taipei, China, Russia, the USA, Cote d’Ivoire and Mexico. Teams are permitted a maximum of two foreign players.
The event drew 48 male and 41 female athletes. Overseeing the competition were 88 officials and 30 referees.

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