Moscow 2019 Final Grand Prix (G-8) – Day 2: China and Korea triumph with 2 titles
Serbia, Italy, Russia and Ivory Coast take the other 4 titles.
Day 2 – Report
China and Korea were the only two nations to win more than 1 gold medal at Moscow 2019 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final after taking 2 titles each on the closing day of the event, held on Sunday in the Russian capital.
China finished on top of the final podium thanks to grabbing 1 silver and 2 bronzes, while Korea added only 1 silver to its 2 golds.
Italy, Russia, Serbia and Ivory Coast were the other countries to step on top of the podium with 1 gold medal each.
The two Chinese fighters that led their team to the highest spot of the final standings were: Zongshi Luo, who dominated the Women’s -57 kg division after beating Hatice Ilgun from Turkey by 12-10 in the big final of the draw; and Shuyin Zheng, who got rid of Milica Mandic from Serbia (Daedo Team member) by 7-4 in the Women’s +67 kg crucial fight to taste glory in Moscow.
The other winners of the competition were: Dae-hoon Lee (Korea, Daedo Team member), who shone over the rest of contestants in Men’s -68 kg after edging the reigning world champion Bradly Sinden by 41-12; Kyo-don In (Korea), who defeated Mardani from Iran by 21-10 to triumph in Men’s +80 kg; Tijana Bogdanovic (Serbia, member of Team Daedo), who took the Women’s -49 kg title after beating Chinese superstar Jingyu Wu by 20-17 in the gold medal match; Ruth Gbagbi (Ivory Coast) who set the standard in Women’s -67 kg after outscoring Jelic from Croatia by 15-14; Vito Dell’aquila from Italy, who proved to be the strongest competitor in Men’s -58 kg after getting rid of world number 1 Jun Jang (Korea) by 21-19; and Maksim Khramtcov, who added another Men’s -80 kg gold medal after succeeding at home by proving to be better than the current world champion Milad Beigi Harchegani (Azerbaijan) by 17-9 in the last clash of the bracket.
Day 2 – Final Podiums
1 – DELL’AQUILA Vito ITA
2 – JANG Jun KOR
3 – POPOV Georgy RUS
1 – LEE Dae-hoon KOR
2 – SINDEN Bradly GBR
3 – ZHAO Shuai CHN
1 – KHRAMTCOV Maksim RUS
2 – BEIGI HARCHEGANI Milad AZE
3 – RAFALOVICH Nikita UZB
1 – IN Kyo-don KOR
2 – MARDANI Sajjad IRI
3 – ISAEV Radik AZE
1 – BOGDANOVIC Tijana SRB
2 – WU Jingyu CHN
3 – YILDIRIM Rukiye TUR
1 – LUO Zongshi CHN
2 – ILGUN Hatice kubra TUR
3 – ZOLOTIC Anastasija USA
1 – GBAGBI Ruth CIV
2 – JELIC Matea CRO
3 – MC PHERSON Paige USA
1 – ZHENG Shuyin CHN
2 – MANDIC Milica SR
3 – BRONZE GAO Pan CHN
Day 1 – Report
The Moscow 2019 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final got underway at the Krylatskoye Sports Palace, as 125 of the world’s best athletes from 42 countries gathered to compete for a spot in tomorrow’s ultimate final and bronze medal contests.
The opening ceremony captivated spectators with a local pop-dance group display and a truly phenomenal taekwondo demonstration by the Russian Taekwondo Union team. The home fans roared in support of the Russian athletes, relentlessly applauding with their clappers.
World Taekwondo President, Dr Chungwon Choue, thanked the Russian Taekwondo Union for its support and professionalism in hosting the 2019 edition of the Grand Prix Final.
The first day of the Grand Prix held both men’s and women’s competitions. Athletes competed across eight weight categories: W-49kg, M-80kg W+67kg, Ms-58kg, W-57kg, M+80kg, W-67kg and M-68kg.
The opening semi-finals match saw Tijana Bogdanovic (SRB) overcome Jae-young Sim (KOR) in the W-49kg semi-finals match to secure her place in tomorrow’s final. She will face Jingyu Wu (CHN) who dominated her fight against Rukiye Yildirim (TUR). Tomorrow morning’s bronze medal match will be a fierce contest between Korea’s, Sim and Turkey’s, Yildirim.
After two impressively close semi-finals matches, Maksim Khramtcov (RUS) and Milad Beigi Harchegani (AZE) booked their respective places in tomorrow’s M-80kg final. It was a close match against Seif Essa (EGY) but Khramtcov’s impressive head-kick demonstrated his incredible technique, the Russian thrived with the support of his home crowd. Harchegani just had the edge over Nikita Rafalovich (UZB), after he showed great awareness to adapt his technique and beat his opponent. Eissa and Rafalovich will compete for bronze place contest.
In the W+67kg semi-finals, Milicia Mandic (SRB) secured an impressive win over Bianca Walkden (GBR). Joining the Serbian fighter in the final against Shuyin Zheng (CHN), who overpowered national teammate Pan Gao (CHN). The bronze medal contest will be between Walkden (GBR) and Gao (CHN).
In the M-58kg semi-finals, Jun Jang (KOR) overcame his esteemed competitor Armin Hadipour Seighalani (IRI). Facing the Korean in tomorrow’s final is Vito Dell’Aquila (ITA), after a fantastic semi-final match against Georgy Popov (RUS). The bronze medal contest will see Hadipour (IRI) fight home favourite Popov.
The competition was extremely high in the W-57kg semi-final, as Hatice Kubra Ilgun (TUR) and Zongshi Luo (CHN) qualified for tomorrow’s final. The match between Turkey and the USA’s Anastasija Zolotic was extremely tight, but the Kubra Ilgun did enough to progress. Another close semi-final match followed, with Luo (CHN) securing her place in tomorrow’s final over Skylar Park (CAN). Zolotic and Park (CAN) will face off for the final place on the podium.
The M+80kg semi-finals saw a high-intensity battle between Sajjad Mardani (IRI) and Radik Isaev (AZE). With just one point between them, Mardani (IRI) was victorious. Kyo-don In (KOR) showed incredible composure against Ivan konrad Trajkovic (SLO) to secure his spot in tomorrow’s final. Isaev (AZE) and Trajkovic (SLO) will compete in the bronze medal contest.
The athletes through to compete for gold in the W-67kg final are Matea Jelic (CRO) and Ruth Gbagbi (CIV). Jelic’s (CRO) victory was yet another semi-final match with only one point differentiating her and her opponent Magda Wiet Henin (FRA). Meanwhile Gbagbi emerged victorious over Paige Mc Pherson, after a strong third round in the second semi-final. Wiet Henin will therefore face McPherson in the bronze medal contest.
The last category of today’s semi-finals was the M-68kg, which was an incredibly close match between Dae-hoon Lee (KOR) and Mirhashem Hosseini (IRI). Lee secured his place in tomorrow’s final, and he will face Bradly Sinden (GBR), who secured the last spot in tomorrow’s final with a victory over Shuai Zhao (CHN). Zhao will join Hosseini in the bronze medal contest tomorrow morning.
After a mighty start to the Grand Prix Final, the world’s best athletes meet again tomorrow to compete in the highly anticipated medal events, which will be followed by the 6th Annual Gala Awards in the evening.
Council Members will confirm the competition uniform for Tokyo 2020 ahead of tomorrow’s Gala Awards.
Final preparations are underway in Moscow as the Russian capital readies itself to welcome some of the world’s best athletes for the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final and end-of-season Gala Awards on 6-7 December 2019.
128 athletes from 42 countries are expected in the Dynamo Sports Palace for the Grand Prix Final. Competing in eight different weight categories, athletes will be battling out for gold and the last remaining WT Olympic ranking points before Tokyo 2020 qualification places are decided.
Athletes will also be showcasing the new competition uniforms which have been designed to be more practical as well as more fan and media friendly for this Final. The World Taekwondo Council will meet on 7 December to decide whether the competition uniforms will be used during Tokyo 2020.
On the evening of 7 December, the World Taekwondo Gala Awards 2019 will be held at the Lotte Plaza Hotel. It will be the 6th time the ceremony has taken place and once again the male and female athlete of the year will be recognised alongside coach of the year and kick of the year. The male and female referee of the year and the fair play award will also be presented.
World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue said:
“We are excited to be returning to Moscow for the Grand Prix Final and Gala Awards which we are sure will provide a fantastic end to the 2019 season. The Grand Prix Final will be particularly significant as it represents the big opportunity to secure vital ranking points ahead of Tokyo 2020 next year. With this added motivation I am sure our athletes will put on a breath-taking show for the thousands of taekwondo-loving fans in the stadium and all those watching at home.
“The Gala Awards will then be a fitting celebration not just of our athletes but also of the Member National Associations, coaches and referees who are critical to making our sport such a global success.”
Ahead of the Grand Prix Final, the World Taekwondo Council will meet on 5 December for an Extraordinary Council Meeting