Chiba 2019 GP (G-4) – Day 3: Azerbaijan and Thailand grab last 2 golds
Korea finishes the event as the only nation with more than 1 title, accumulating a total of 2 gold medals
Day 3 – Report
Azerbaijan and Thailand tasted glory for the first time in Chiba this week as double world champions Milad Beigi Harchegani and Panipak Wongpattanakit respectively won the gold medal in Men’s -80 and Women’s -49 kg divisions.
Beigi Harchegani had to defeat no other than one of the best athletes in the Men’s -80 kg division as Maksim Khramcov (Russia) by a clear 36-28 to add another title to his large collection, while Wongpattanakit outscored the double Olympic and world champion Jingyu Wu (China) by 9-2 to reach the top of the Women’s -49 kg podium.
Anton Kotkov (RUS), Toni Kanaet (CRO), So-hui Kim and Tijana Bogdanovic (SRB) were the bronze medallists of the final day of action.
Korea finished the competition as the only country to win more than 1 gold with 2 titles.
Day 3 – Final Podiums
Women’s -49 kg
1 – Panipak Wongpattanakit (THA)
2 – Jingyu Wu (CHN)
3 – So-hui Kim
3 – Tijana Bogdanovic (SRB)
Men’s -80 kg
1 – Milad Beigi Harchegani (AZE)
2 – Maksim Khramtcov (RUS)
3 – Anton Kotkov (RUS)
3 – Toni Kanaet (CRO)
Day 2 – Report
Korea impressed on Saturday action with no less than 2 titles by Jang and In, with France taking the other one after Wiet-Henin won the first gold medal of the event for the European team.
Jun Jang became the new Men’s -58 kg champion after getting rid of a dangerous opponent such as Armin Hadipour Seighalani of Iran, who couldn’t stop the Korean’s attacks in the third period, which ended up with 22-14 on the scoreboard for Jang.
Bronzes went to Adrian Vicente Yunta of Spain and Vito Dell’Aquila of Italy.
In Women’s -67 kg, Matea Jelic of Croatia faced France’s Magda Wiet Henin for the gold medal, with the French tasting glory at the end of the 6 minutes thanks to a 5-4 win. Only 1 point decided the direction of the title, with both athletes putting on a resiliance show on the mat.
Bronzes were won by China’s Yunfei Guo and Uzbekistan’s Nigora Tursunkulova.
The third gold of the day was taken by Kyo-don In, who beat no other than the world number 1 and current champion Vladislav Larin from Russia by a tight 6-5 thanks to a kick to the head in the last seconds of the fight.
Radik Isaev of Azerbaijan and Iran’s Sajjad Mardani had to be satisfied with bronzes.
Day 2 – Final Podiums
Men’s -58 kg
1 – GOLD JANG Jun KOR – Republic of Korea
2 – SILVER HADIPOUR SEIGHALANI Armin IRI – Islamic Republic of Iran
3 – BRONZE DELL’AQUILA Vito ITA – Italy
3 – BRONZE VICENTE YUNTA Adrian ESP – Spain
Women’s -67 kg
1 – GOLD WIET HENIN Magda FRA – France
2 – SILVER JELIC Matea CRO – Croatia
3 – BRONZE GUO Yunfei CHN – People’s Republic of China
3 – BRONZE TURSUNKULOVA Nigora UZB – Uzbekistan
Men’s +80 kg
1 – GOLD IN Kyo-don KOR – Republic of Korea
2 – SILVER LARIN Vladislav RUS – Russian Federation
3 – BRONZE ISAEV Radik AZE – Azerbaijan
3 – BRONZE MARDANI Sajjad IRI – Islamic Republic of Iran
Day 1 – Report
China, Iran and Turkey won the first three gold medals awarded at Chiba 2019 World Taekwondo Grand Prix, which kicked off today in the Japanese city.
The three champions of the day were: Hatice Ilgun (Turkey), who reigned in Women’s -57 kg after defeating Laaraj from Morocco in the final of the draw by 4-3; Mirhashem Hosseini (Iran), who edged McNeish from Great Britain in the gold medal match by 36-20; and the reigning Olympic champion Shuyin Zheng, who tasted glory in Women’s +67 kg after beating no other than her biggest opponent, the triple world champion Bianca Walkden (Great Britain), by 12-10 in which was the reedition of the controversial final of the last World Championships, held in Manchester last May.
The Men’s -68 kg king, Dae-hoon Lee (Korea – Daedo athlete), had to content with the bronze medal after losing to McNeish (GBR) by 33-26 in the semi-final.
Day 1 – Final Podiums
Women’s -57 kg
1 – GOLD ILGUN Hatice kubra TUR – Turkey
2 – SILVER LAARAJ Nada MAR – Morocco
3 – BRONZE KUDASHOVA Tatiana RUS – Russian Federation
3 – BRONZE HARNSUJIN Phannapa THA – Thailand
Men’s -68 kg
1 – GOLD HOSSEINI Mirhashem IRI – Islamic Republic of Iran
2 – SILVER MCNEISH Christian GBR – Great Britain
3 – BRONZE PONTES Edival BRA – Brazil
3 – BRONZE LEE Dae-hoon KOR – Republic of Korea
Women’s +67 kg
1 – GOLD ZHENG Shuyin CHN – People’s Republic of China
2 – SILVER WALKDEN Bianca GBR – Great Britain
3 – BRONZE ESPINOZA Maria MEX – Mexico
3 – BRONZE OSIPOVA Svetlana UZB – Uzbekistan
The World Taekwondo Grand Prix will take place in Chiba in the days to come, marking the first time the prestigious event has been held in Japan.
The Grand Prix will take place from Sept 13-15 in the same city that will host the taekwondo competition of next year’s Olympics. And the on-mats action in the Chiba Port Arena is expected to be particularly heated, given that the Grand Prix offers athletes valuable Olympic ranking points less than a year before Tokyo 2020.
The world’s top players will be competing in eight Olympic weight categories (four female, four male). The top 31 athletes, per weight category, are invited, based on the WT Olympic ranking published for July 2019. The last event before the release of the July ranking was the 7th Australian Open.
“Given how close the 2020 Olympics are, we are anticipating a great event in our first-ever Japan Grand Prix,” said WT President Chungwon Choue. “Moreover, players, coaches and officials will be able to get a close-up look at the city that will host next year’s Olympic taekwondo competition.”
While 2020’s Olympic competition venue will be Chiba’s Makuhari Messe, the Grand Prix will offer competitors a chance to familiarize themselves with the city. It will also grant the organizers an opportunity to publicize elite-level taekwondo in advance of the Olympics.
Also in 2020, for the first time ever, taekwondo will take place in the first half of the Summer Olympics on July 25-28, 2020.