Taiwan wins 3 gold medals on the first day of the Asian Taekwondo Championships
The 20th Asian Taekwondo Championships kicked off on May 9th in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
This competition, which can be considered as a prelude to the Olympics, will take place during 3 days until May 11th. Some of Asia’s top notch Taekwondo athletes and London 2012 participants competing this time are: the three Beijing 2008 gold medalists Jing-Yu Woo (China), Kyung-Seon Hwang (Korea), Dong-Min Cha (Korea), and other distinguished athletes such as Shu-Chun Yang (Taiwan), Pen-Ek Karaket(Thailand), Le Huynh Chau (Vietnam), Hou Yu zhou (China), Yergeshova Feruza (Kazakhstan),and Erika Kasahara (Japan) to name a few.
On the first day, the men’s -54kg, -58kg, -63kg categories and the women’s -46kg, -49kg, and -53kg categories were disputed.
The fight between the two -49kg stars that are expected to fight at the Olympics, Jing-Yu Woo and Shu-Chun Yang, did not take place because Woo participated in a higher category. Both of them won in their categories, -53kg and -49kg respectively.
Taiwanese Wei-Chun Liao won in the women’s -46kg category.
Another Taiwanese, Cheng-Ching Huang, won the gold medal in the men’s +63kg category, adding a third gold medal to Taiwan.
Korea got 2 gold medals, in men’s -54kg and -58kg categories.
Dae-Hoon Lee – Korea’s hope for the Olympic gold – won in the -58kg category, and Ji-Woong Park clinched the gold medal in the -54kg category.[:]