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Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Qualification – Day 1: First 5 golds for five different countries

Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Qualification – Day 1: First 5 golds for five different countries

The first day of action of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Qualification Tournament ended up with 5 different countries sharing the top of the medal count of the event with 1 gold medal each: Belgium, Croatia, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine cliched their first title at the monumental Taipei Arena and completed a encouraging start for the rest of the tournament and for the upcoming World Junior Championships, which start next Sunday at the same venue.
The Turkish Talha Bayram became the champion of the Men’s +73 kg division after defeating the Ukrainian Denys Voronovskyy in a very close final. Voronovskyy took an early lead in the fight and managed to keep it until the last period, where Bayram eventually proved to be stronger, being able to wave his country’s national flag in front of his compatriots with big pride. They both had left the Egyptian and the French Yoann Miangue Youseef Khallaf on their way to the final. Miangue and Khallaf won the bronze medal.

Men's +73 kg podium

The gold medallist of the Men’s -73 kg category was Iurii Savenko, who struggled to beat the representative of Azerbaijan, Said Guliyev, by 7-6 in the crucial match. Both athletes were loudly supported by their team mates, who turned the Taipei Arena into a song battle to help their compatriots became the new champion of the division. The final glory was eventually for Ukraine, who won the firs title of the event thanks to Savenko. Eissa (EGY) and Saint Jean (CAN) were their companions on the podium, clinching the bronze.

Men's - 73 kg podium

The last Men’s final of the day confronted Tawin Hanprab from Thailand and Mohammad Aslani ffrom Iran, who battled for gold until the very last second, with the match being decided by a sudden death point from the Thai athlete in the extra period. Aslani had to content himself with the silver medal, with the local Wang and Serikbay from Kazakhstan sharing the bronze glory in the podium.

Men's -48 kg podium

The champion of the Juniors Female -63 kg draw ended up being Matea Jelic from Croatia, who got rid of the Iranian Mahsa Jeddi by superiority (16-4) in the third round of the big final. The baltic athlete proved to be the best of the division, making the crowd present at the Taipei Arena enjoy some magical Taekwondo moments. Jelic and Jeddi’s opponents in the Semi-finals were Yopasa (COL) and Turutina (RUS), who had to content themselves with the bronze.

Female's -63 kg podium

The other Female winner of the day was Indra Craen from Belgium, who had to wait until the extra period to beat the local idol Huai Hsuan Huang (TPE). They finished the 3 regular periods with 4-4 on the scoreboard, which forced Craen to connect a precise right chest kick to take the gold. Their companions in the final podium were Safiye Polat (AZE) and Patrycja Adamkiweicz (POL).

Female's -49 kg podium

Day 1 – Final podiums:

Juniors Male +73 kg

1 – Talha Bayram (TUR)
2 – Denys Voronovskyy (UKR)
3 – Yoann Miangue (FRA)
3 – Youssef Khallaf (EGY)
Juniors Male -73 kg

1 – Iurii Savenko (UKR)
2 – Said Guliyev (AZE)
3 – Seif Eissa (EGY)
3 – Keven Saint Jean (CAN)
Juniors Male -48 kg

1 – Tawin Hanprab (THA)
2 – Mohammad Aslani (IRI)
3 – Chen Yu Wang (TPE)
3 – Galymzhan Serikbay (KAZ)
Juniors Female -63 kg

1 – Matea Jelic (CRO)
2 – Mahsa Jeddi (IRI)
3 – Debbie Natalia Yopasa (COL)
3 – Yulia Turutina (RUS)
Juniors Female -49 kg

1 – Indra Craen (BEL)
2 – Huai Hsuan Huang (TPE)
3 – Safiye Polat (AZE)
3 – Patrycja Adamkiweicz (POL)

1 Comment

  1. Couts - Cannegre USA

    good photos!!


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