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Puebla 2013 Day 2: Mexico and Thailand taste glory

Puebla 2013 Day 2: Mexico and Thailand taste glory

Heartbreaking second day of competition at Puebla 2013 WTF World Championships in which local athlete Uriel Adriano (MEX) became nation’s hero after winning the gold medal of the Men’s -74 kg division against Albert Gaun from Russia in one of the most exciting matches of the World Taekwondo Championships history. The other winner of the day was the Thai Chanatip Sonnkham, who became World Champion of the Women’s -49 kg category by smashing Dana Touran from Jordan 13-0 in only 2 rounds.
The bronze medallists of this second day of action at the Exhibition Center of Puebla were Yoo-Jin Kim (KOR) and Yassine Trabelsi (TUN) in the Men’s division, and Yania Aguirrea (CUB) and Lucija Zaninovic (CRO) in the Women’s one. With these results, Korea stays on top of the Medal Count with 2 golds and 1 bronze, followed by Mexico with 1 gold and 1 silver and Thailand with 1 gold.

Women's -49 kg podium with Touran (2nd JOR), Sonkham (1st THA), Aguirre (3rd CUB) and Zaninovic (3rd CRO). Photo: Oriol Guanyabens

The first Semi-final of the day confronted Lucija Zaninovic (CRO) and Dana Touran (JOR). The Croatian fighter started dominating the battle with a chest kick that allowed her to lead the match by 1-0 at the end of the first round. However, Touran, who had comfortly beaten every single opponent during the day, reacted rapidly to take the lead with a head kick, which followed by a kyong go, turned the score into 1-4. At the beginning of the third round, the Jordan athlete connected a turn kick that provided her with a 5 point lead, making it impossible for a Croatian comeback. In the end, 3-6 for Touran.

Touran (JOR) aiming a kick at Zaninovic (CRO). Photo: Oriol Guanyabens

The second Women’s Semi-final was a head kick exhibition by Sonkham (THA), who after trailing 2-0 in the first minute, started to score in threes, changing the score to a clear 14-2 and gaining her access to the big final with still 48 seconds to play in the third period.
The third clash of the evening session at Puebla’s Exhibition Center matched up the local idol, Uriel Adriano (MEX), against the Korean Yoo-Jin Kim, who had impressed during all day with his fast and accurate actions. The match started really balanced, with the first period finishing 2-2 after 2 chest kicks and 2 penalties for each side. The world famous Mexican wave performed by the spectators during the first break seemed to drive Adriano to the victory, as he rapidly scored a spectacular head kick that gave him a 5-2 lead that was ended up being too much for Kim. In the end, 7-2 for the Mexican , who didn’t celebrate his access to the final effusively. He looked at the crowd and said: “still 1 more to play”, while kissing a Mexican flag that was thrown to the competition area.
The last Semi-final match was always under control of Albert Gaun (RUS), a very cool player when leading a fight. He scored one chest kick in the first period against Trabelsi (TUN) and managed to contain all his opponent attacks. Gaun scored 5 more points thanks to his accurate chest kicks and only allowed Trabelsi to score 1 point due to a kyong go. In the end, 6-1 for the Russian.
The first crucial fight of the day was a master class by Sonkham, who became World Champion of the Women’s -49 kg division after smashing Touran (JOR) by 13-0 with still one round to play. Head kick after head kick, Sonkham get closer and closer to the golden glory, with Touran paying the consequences of playing the first big final of her career.

Uriel Adriano (MEX) biting his gold medal. Photo: Oriol Guanyabens

In the most highly anticipated fight of the day, the local idol Uriel Adriano (MEX) and the Russian Albert Gaun, number 19 seeded and not really within the favorites for the triumph, performed the most exciting match of the event so far. Gaun, true to his style, started connecting an accurate chest kick that gave him an early 1-0 lead, a score that lasted until the end of the second round. Adriano reacted with another chest kick at the beginning of the final period, but the always cool Gaun scored right after by the same action. Gaun was almost grabbing the gold medal, but with only 11 second left, Adriano connected a tremendous turn kick that converted the score to a 3-2 lead for the Mexican. The Russian coach then asked for the video replay, as Gaun thought he had connected a head kick that would gave him the victory, but the referees decided the Russian’s left foot didn’t finally touch Adriano’s head. With almost no time left, Adriano contained Gaun’s last effort and became World Champion of the Men’s -74 kg division for the first time in his career and in front of his fellow compatriots, breaking into tears of happiness.
Stay connected to WTM to know everything about Puebla 2013 Day 3, with Female’s -67 kg and Male’s -68 kg categories in play!
Pau Aguilar
(Puebla, Mexico)

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