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Taipei 2014 WTF World Junior Championships – Day 4: Korea and Russia taste gold again to equalize on top of the standings

Taipei 2014 WTF World Junior Championships – Day 4: Korea and Russia taste gold again to equalize on top of the standings

Korea and Russia won one more gold each on Taipei 2014 World Junior Championships 4th and last day to equalize on top of the medal count with 3 titles. The other winners of the day were Brazil, who clinched its first final victory of the event thanks to Edival Pontes’ superb performance, and Croatia, with Ivana Babic climbing to the top of the podium again at Taipei Arena after last week’s success at Nanjing 2014 YOG qualifiers.

The first two athletes to participate in Taipei 2014 WJC Day 4 were the Croatian Ivana Babic and the Korean Geum-Byeol Lim, who fought for the Female’s -55 kg title. Babic had already won the YOG qualifiers last week, and was the first one to score thanks to a body kick, but the Korean representative didn’t want Babic to reign twice at Taipei Arena, coming back with 4 consecutive points scored through chest kicks. A comfortable lead for the Asian? Not against Babic, who connected a powerful head kick right before the end of the 2nd period to equalize again (4-4). The last round was completely dominated by the Croatian, who combined a back kick to the head with another hit on Lim’s face to take 7 points and win another gold medal in Taipei by 11-4. Mahsa Jeddi (IRI) and Fatma Saridogan (TUR) were awarded with the bronze.

Female’s -55 kg podium

The second big clash of the evening session confronted the two finalists of the Female’s -46 kg division: Napaporn Charanawat from Thailand and the Russian representative, Victoria Khan. The first period was very close and defensive, with Charanawat being the only athlete to score (1-0). The Thai was the one to inaugurate the scoreboard in the second round as well, extending her lead to 2-0 and keeping the Russian away from her comfort zone (2-0). The same scene continued until the last 3 seconds of the final, when Khan made a step forward to score her first points of the fight, as she connected a termendous winning head kick to get 3 points in a row and became the new world champion of the category. Nahid Kyanichandeh (IRI) and Tamara Miquel (ESP) were awardede with the bronze after completing a brilliant pathway to the semi-finals.

Female’s -46 kg podium

The first male final was won by Seok-Bae Kim, from Korea, who defeated the Thai Nutthawee Klompong by a comfortable 7-1 to take the Male’s -59 kg gold. However, the first two rounds of the clash weren’t a formality for Kim, as the Thai representative was very solid in defense, conceding only the Korean 1 right attacking action in 3 minutes (1-0). The last round was a complete different story though, as Kim found the Thai’s face rapidly to dangerously extend his lead, which made Klompong react and leave some cracks on his defense. In the end, 7-1 for Kim and third title for Korea, who equalize Russia on top of the medal count. The bronze medallists of the category ended up being Reza Jafarpourzarrin Kolaei (IRI) and Albert Millert (POL).

Male’s -59 kg podium

The last match of Taipei 2014 World Junior Champs could lift Russia to the very top of the standings with 4 golds and leave Korea behind (3), as Soso Kvartshkava, winner of the division at Nanjin 2014 YOG qualfiers, faced the Brazilian Edival Pontes, bronze medallist last week, to decide the Male’s -63 kg champion. The Russian started better than Pontes, obtaining an early 4-1 lead at the end of the first round. Pontes tried to level his attacking pace up in the second period, scoring 3 points through an accurate head kick, but lost a bit of consistency in defense too, allowing the European to jump to 7 points (7-4). Pontes knew then it was the time to give his best. He tried, but he was 9-4 down with few seconds left. Game over? Not for Pontes, who combined two chest kicks with a head touch to equalize to 9 and lead the fight to the sudden death period. In the extra time, Pontes seemed to be more self-confdent, which he proved after 30 seconds, when he finally connected the winning right chest kick. First gold for Brazil and Russia to stay with 3 titles as Korea. The lower step of the podium was occupied by Hakan Kavurat (TUR) and Simone Crescenzi (ITA).

Male’s -63 kg podium

Final podiums:

Female’s -55 kg

1 – Ivana Babic (CRO)
2 – Geum-Byeol Kim (KOR)
3 – Mahsa Jeddi (IRI)
3 – Fatma Saridogan (TUR)

Female’s -46 kg

1 – Napaporn Charanawat (THA)
2 – Victoria Khan (RUS)
3 – Nahid Kyanichandeh (IRI)
3 – Tamara Miquel (ESP)

Male’s -59 kg

1 – Seok-Bae Kim (KOR)
2 – Nutthawee Klompong (THA)
3 – Reza Jafarpourzarrin Kolaei (IRI)
3 – Albert Millert (POL)

Male’s -63 kg

1 – Edival Pontes (BRA)
2 – Soso Kvartshkava (RUS)
3 – Hakan Kavurat (TUR)
3 – Simone Crescenzi (ITA)


1 Comment

  1. joseph

    Its great to see that di


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