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Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Qualification – Day 2: Russia makes double, Taipei and Uzbekistan take first gold and Thailand clinches 2nd

Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Qualification – Day 2: Russia makes double, Taipei and Uzbekistan take first gold and Thailand clinches 2nd

Russia was the most successful nation of Nanjing YOG Qualification Tournament Day 2 after taking 2 of the 5 titles of the day. The other big winner of the day ended up being Thailand, who managed to get its second gold of the event to tie with the East European nation thanks to Wongphattanakit’s victory in Female’s -44 kg. The hosting country of the event, Chinese Taipei, clinched its first title in its event’s closing day, as well as Uzbekistan, which wasn’t lucky yesterday either. Taipei Arena now awaits the World Junior Championships 2014, which will be celebrated from next Sunday to Wednesday 26th.
The first final of the day (Male’s -55 kg) confronted the local hero Yu-Jen Huang (TPE) and the Spaniard Jesús Tortosa. Huang started really strong, connecting 2 consecutive head kicks in the first minute to lead by a comfortable 7-1 in the first period. The second round was pretty more defensive, with each of the fighters scoring only 1 point. In the final period, Huang managed to control most of Tortosa’s head kick attempts, taking the gold medal by 9-5. The bronze medallists of the division were Fabricio Arevalo (ECU) and Edson Morales (USA).

Male's -55 kg final podium


The second crucial clash of Nanjing YOG 2014 Qualification Tournament was the Female’s -55 kg division, in which Ivana Babic from Croatia and the Russian Tatiana Kudashova performed a really close start, finishing the first period with no points on the scoreborad. The Russian representative made a step forward on the second round, in which she reached a 5-0 lead after connecting a spectacular head kick and 2 chest kicks. The match was almost decided and the champion had to be Kudashova, who did only allow Babic to score 1 point (5-1). Laura Roebben (BEL), Fatma Saridogan (TUR) were Babic and Kudashova’s companions in the final podium.

Female's -55 kg final podium


The Russian team representatives standing in the crowd seemed to be on fire, singing his nation’s most popular supporting songs. And they certainly had reasons to be enthusiastic, as the second title of the day was about to arrive. Soso Kvartkshkava became the Men’s -63 kg champion after getting rid of the local hope, Kuang-Wu Hou (TPE) in an absolute thrilling final. The Russian seemed to dominate the fight until the last period, obtaining a 6-2 lead at the end of the second round, but Hou didn’t want to let his compatriots down at the Taipei Arena, so he came back spectacularly to reach an 8-7 lead with only 15 seconds to go. But Kvartshkava had still something to say, connecting three consecutive chest kicks to finish it 10-8. The bronze medallists of the division were Christian McNeish (GBR) and Edival Pontes (BRA).
Male's --63 kg final podium
The second female final, the +63 kg division one, confronted the American Kendall Yount and Umida Abdullaeva from Uzbekistan. Abdullaeva seemed to be handle better the pressure at the beginning, managing to get a 3-0 lead at the end of the first round. But Yount started to feel better in the second, cutting the difference to only 1 point (3-2). The final round was really intense, but Abdullaeva proved to be a bit more solid, winning the first gold medal for her country by 4-3. Milena Titoneli (BRA) and Yulia Miyuts (UKR) had to content themselves with the bronze medals of the category.

Female's +63 kg final podium


The last crucial fight of the Nanjing 2014 YOG Qualification Tournament was a South East Asian clash. Both Panipak Wongphattanakit from Thailand and Thi Thu Thuy Nguyen from Vietnam had completed a brilliant pathway to the final, but the Thai athlete seemed to handle the pressure much bettere than the Vietnamese representative. Wongphattanakit gave no chance to her opponent, keeping her with no points on the scoreboard throughout the whole fight. In the end, 7-0 for Wongphattanakit. Eman Aladaileh (JOR) and Brenda Lua (MEX) were the other medallists of the category, clinching a bronze each for their countries.
Female's -44 kg final podium
Final Podiums:

Female’s -44 kg

1 – Panipak Wongphattanakit (THA)
2 – Thi Thu Thuy Nguyen (VIE)
3 – Eman Aladaileh (JOR)
3 – Brenda Lua (MEX)
Female’s -55 kg

1 – Tatiana Kudashova (RUS)
2 – Ivana Babic (CRO)
3 – Laura Roebben (BEL)
3 – Fatma Saridogan (TUR)
Male’s -55 kg

1 – Yu-Jen Huang (TPE)
2 – Jesús Tortosa (ESP)
3 – Fabricio Arevalo (ECU)
3 – Edson Morales (USA)
Male’s -63 kg

1 – Soso Kvartkshkava (RUS)
2 – Kuang-Wu Hou (TPE)
3 – Christian McNeish (GBR)
3 – Edival Pontes (BRA)
Female’s +63 kg

1 – Umida Abdullaeva (UZB)
2 – Kendall Yount (USA)
3 – Milena Titoneli (BRA)
3 – Yulia Miyuts (UKR)
Pau Aguilar, Taipei
WTM

2 Comments

  1. Chris

    Actually that’s two golds for Thailand not one, Tawin Hanprab won gold for Thailand on Day 1 I believe

    Reply
    • WTM

      That’s correct! And that’s what the story says: “Thailand, who managed to get its second gold of the event to tie with the East European nation thanks to Wongphattanakit’s victory in Female’s -44 kg”
      Thanks for your comment!

      Reply

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