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Korea and China reign in Aruba's World Team Cup

Korea and China reign in Aruba's World Team Cup

Korean Male’s Team and the Chinese Female’s squad were the final winners of the 2012 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships, held in Santa Cruz (Aruba) between last Thursday November 22nd and Sunday the 25th with the participation of 90 male athletes from 13 countries and 69 female athletes from 10 nations.
The final combats of each category were a completely different story: Korea showed its supremacy in the Men’s division by comfortably defeating Iran 27-11, while China needed a fourth sudden-death round to beat France in a thrilling Women’s crucial match. Both finals were attended by a large number of spectators at the Libertador Betico Croes Sports Center, who specially enjoyed the Korean male fighters’ performance, which deserved a big applause from all of them.
Korea reached the final round after winning over Spain by 21-18 in the semifinal, while Iran made it to the crucial fight by beating China. Both Spain and China were awarded with the bronze medals. In the Women’s division, the occupants of the third step of the podium ended up being Croatia and Russia. Croatian athletes were really close to make it to the final, but finally lost to China 15 to 17 in the semis, while Russia had no chance of getting rid of France, who clearly defeated them 21-9.

Female's Division final podium with China on top


Individual prizes
In the individual prizes, Ms. Zhang Hun of China was chosen as the female MVP and Mr. Young Jin Kim of China was named as the best coach in the women’s division. In the Male’s category, the MVP award was given to Korea’s Kyeo-re Han, while his national coach Mr. Kye Hee Park grabbed the trainers’ prize. Best Referee Awards went to Mr. Jorge Reynoso of Mexico, Mr. Mokake Moshoeshoe of Lesotho and Ms. Renata Crkvenac of Croatia.
Daedo PSS and TK-5 competition system
This year’s World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships used Daedo’s Protector and Scoring System (PSS) to decide the final score of all combats. which followed the TK-5 competition system. The 13 countries involved in the Male’s event were host Aruba, Iran, Korea, Spain, Russia, Egypt, Venezuela, Chinese Taipei, Dominican Republic, the United States, Brazil, Uzbekistan and China, while Korea, China, France, Venezuela, Brazil, Croatia, Russia, Colombia, Chinese Taipei and the United States were the contestants of the Women’s division.

France and China greeting each other before Women's final


Azerbaijan take Para Taekwondo Championships
Following WTF’s intention of promoting Para Taekwondo, Aruba also hosted the 2012 World Para Taekwondo Championships, in which the Azerbaijani fighters showed an extraordinary level of ability that made them completely dominate the competition. Azerbaijan accumulated a total of 6 gold medals, 6 silvers and 3 bronzes after the 14 draws in play were completed, building a big distance with their podium companions: Russia and Spain. Russian athletes took 2 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals in total, while Spanish contestants lifted 2 titles as well, but didn’t win any silver medal and could only manage to take 1 bronze. A total of 44 male fighters and 9 women from 12 different countries attended this year’s edition of the Para Taekwondo Champs.

Dr Choue at the Korean Para Taekwondo Association's Seminar


The inclusion of the Para Taekwondo Champs within the World Team Cup is aimed to be a step forward for this modality of our Sport. Not in vain, WTF’s President Cungwon Choue declared last 3rd of November during the Korean Para Taekwondo Association seminar that the WTF will do everything possible to assure Para Taekwondo’s presence in the 2020 Olympic Games. WTF’s second step for this goal will be to rise the number of contestant nations for the 2013 World Para Taekwondo Championships, which will be held in Dakar, Senegal next year.
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Pau Aguilar
Aruba 2012 Recap:
– Thursday 22nd of November
The 2012 WTF World Para Taekwondo Championships was inaugurated at the Libertador Betico Croes Sports Center of Santa Cruz (Aruba) last Thursday, in which the Azerbaijani fighters showed such a good level of ability that made them take a total of 6 gold medals, 6 silvers and 3 bronzes after the 14 draws in play were completed.
Their podium companions, Russia and Spain, were really far from catching Azerbaijan. Russian athletes took 2 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals in total, while Spanish contestants lifted 2 titles as well, but didn’t win any silver medal and could only manage to take 1 bronze.
A total of 44 male fighters and 9 women from 12 different countries attended this year’s edition of the Para Taekwondo Championships.
– Friday 23rd of November
The 2012 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships kicked off with on Friday with the celebration of the first day group stage combats.
These was the groups composition for both categories:
Male’s category:
Group A: Iran, Russia and Dominican Republic
Group B: Korea, Egypt and USA
Group C: Spain, Venezuela and Brazil
Group D: Aruba, Chinese Taipei, Uzbekistan and China
Female’s category:
Group A: Korea, Venezuela and Russia
Group B: China, Brazil and Colombia
Group C: France, Croatia, Chinese Taipei and USA
And these were the first day complete results:
Male’s category
Group A:
Russia 17 – Dominican Republic 28
Iran 25 – Dominican Republic 5
Group B:
Korea 26 – USA 17
Group C:
Egypt 12 – USA 24
Brazil 34 – Venezuela 13
Spain 22 – Brazil 15
Group D:
Aruba 4 – China 36
Chinese Taipei 31 – Uzbekistan 13
Aruba 18 – Uzbekistan 48
Chinese Taipei 15 – China 32
Female’s category
Goup A:
Venezuela 7 – Russia 38
Korea 22 – Russia 23
Group B:
Brazil 20 – Colombia 23
China 18 – Colombia 8
Group C:
France 18 – USA 20
Croatia 15 – Chinese Taipei 12
France 14 – Chinese Taipei 13
Croatia 20 – USA 4
– Saturday 24th of November
After the second day of competition, Iran, China, Spain and Korea made it to the men’s semifinal round of the 2012 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships, while Russia, France, Croatia and China advanced to the round of four of the Women’s division.
All 4 semifinalists had to clear a quarter final round to reach the medal combats, which was configured after the group stage was finalized.
The preliminary round complete results were:
Men’s Division
Group A Iran (1st), Dominican Republic (2nd)
Group B Korea (1st), USA (2nd)
Group C Spain (1st), Brazil (2nd)
Group D China (1st ), Chinese Taipei (2nd)
Women’s Division
Group A Russia (1st), Korea (2nd)
Group B China (1st), Colombia (2nd)
Group C Croatia (1st), France (2nd)
The Aruban male team failed to win a match despite the enthusiastic support of the home fans. The Aruban squad, however, demonstrated a strong fighting spirit throughout the matches, showing its great potential for further growth in Taekwondo. The Team Uzbekistan went to great lengths to be qualified for the quarter-finals, but could not overcome an innate disadvantage – they started every game with a 10 points deduction due to the team’s failure to meet the obligatory minimum number of athletes: 5 athletes and 1 substitute.
On the Men’s quarter-final stage, Spain advanced to the semifinals after beating Chinese Taipei 17-11, while China earned a ticket to the round of four by defeating Brazil 24-13. Iran automatically reached the men’s semifinal round as its quarterfinal opponents, the United States, withdrew from the match, while Korea outscored Dominican Republic 23-14 to reach the medal fights.
In the women’s division, Croatia brushed aside a stiff challenge from the defending champion Korea to outpoint the Asian giants by 13-12 for a ticket to the round of four. France easily defeated Colombia 24-15 to advance to the medal combats.
– Sunday 25th of November
On Sunday, Korea and China finally grabbed the men’s and women’s title, respectively, at the 2012 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships.
In the men’s division, Korea showed its supremacy as it defeated Iran 27-11 in the final match for top honors, drawing big applause from spectators. Korea reached the final round as it beat Spain 21-18 in a semifinal match, while Iran came from behind to beat China to advance to the final round.
China needed a fourth sudden-death round to brush aside a stiff challenge from France in the final match for the top honors. China advanced to the final match as it beat Croatia 17-15 in a semifinal match. France reached the women’s final match by beating Russia 21-9 in a semifinal match.
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