Tokyo 2020 Test Event – Day 2: Great Britain and Mongolia shine in Para-Taekwondo
Truesale and Ganbat become champions at Taekwondo’s Paralympic debut rehearsal
Day 2 – Report
Para-Taekwondo competition took the mat on the second day of action at Tokyo 2020 Test Event. Men’s K-44 -61 kg and Women’s K44 +58 kg competed for the medals in a rehearsal of what is going to be the biggest news for the Paralympic modality of Taekwondo, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, to be held next summer in the Japanese capital.
Great Britain and Mongolia were the two nations to step on top of the podium on Saturday after Amy Truesdale and Bolor-erdene Ganbat respectively became the Women’s K44 +58 kg and Men’s K44 -61 kg champions.
Ganbat defeated Bossolo from Italy by 16-12 in the big final, while Truesdale bet Gjessing from Denmark in the gold medal match by a clear 27-10 to taste glory.
The tournament tested the procedures and facilities that will be used at the same venue at next year’s Paralympic Games.
A group of 24 athletes competed in total, with 12 in the men’s K44 under-61 kilogram competition and 12 in the women’s K44 over-58kg.
Day 2 – Final Podiums
Men’s K-44 -61kg
1 – GANBAT Bolor-erdene (MGL)
2 – BOSSOLO Antonino (ITA)
3 – KONG Bopha (FRA)
3 – TANAKA Mitsuya (JPN)
Women’s K-44 +58kg
1 – TRUESDALE Amy (GBR)
2 – GJESSING Lisa (DEN)
3 – WATSON Janine (AUS)
3 – MARTINEZ MARISCAL Daniela Andrea (MEX)
Day 1 – Report
China and Mexico grabbed the two gold medals awarded on the first day of action at Tokyo 2020 Test Event, the competition that World Taekwondo is using to trial a series of innovations that will be showcased at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, when the world’s best athletes will come together to the same venue for the Olympic and Paralympic glory.
Yuntao Wenren (China) defeated Jhuang from Chinese Taipei in the gold medal match to reign in Women’s -49 kg, while Jorge Hernandez (Mexico) proved to be the best in Men’s -58 kg after getting rid of Matsui from Japan in the crucial fight of the division.
All Kyorugi athletes competed wearing the brand new, high-tech uniforms which it is hoped will be used during the Olympic Games for the first time.
The uniform was developed following interviews with athletes and meetings of the Technical & Development Committee and Athletes Committee during the 2018 and 2019 Grand Prix Series and Manchester 2019 World Taekwondo Championships.
The uniforms were presented at the showcase at the World Championships in May, and brought life and energy into the sport. The new competition uniforms which attach to the arm and shin guard have been designed to be more practical for athletes and more fan and media-friendly. The Moscow Extraordinary Council Meeting in December will decide if the new uniform is to be used at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. If the uniform is adopted, the existing dobok will still be used in Kyorugi and Poomsae.
One innovation that was not tested during the test event but that will be used at Tokyo 2020 was the 4D cameras that have become a key feature of major World Taekwondo events. The 4D cameras provide 360 degree, “Matrix-style” broadcasts of the action. The cameras not only showcase the spectacular acrobatic techniques of the elite taekwondo fighters for fight fans, they also provide ultra-accurate video replays for referees at the edge of the field of play.
Dr. Choue quotes
“Today’s test event was a great success and only heightens our excitement for Tokyo 2020. Tokyo 2020 will be a historic first as it is the first time ever that para taekwondo has been included in the Paralympic Games. We have now completed the test event for our Olympic taekwondo competition and tomorrow our focus shifts to our Paralympic taekwondo competition.
“Today we trialed the new taekwondo uniforms for fight competition which maintain our tradition of white taekwondo uniform but also use new technologies to make them better for athletes and fans. The 4D cameras will also provide fans around the world with a viewing experience like never before ensuring it is a Games they never forget.”
Day 1 – Final Podiums
Women’s -49 kg
1 – WENREN Yuntao CHN – China
2 – JHUANG Tien Yu TPE – Chinese Taipei
3 – REIS Talisca BRA – Brazil
3 – YONG Yvette CAN – Canada
Men’s -58 kg
1 – HERNANDEZ Jorge MEX – Mexico
2 – MATSUI Ryuta JPN – Japan
3 – MELO Paulo BRA – Brazil
3 – MURAKAMI Korai JPN – Japan