By Pau Aguilar of Spain
Thailand, Italy and Great Britain claim world titles on the Manchester 2019 WTC with IOC President Bach in attendance.
MANCHESTER, UK (May 18, 2019) – An exciting fourth day of competition at the Manchester 2019 World Taekwondo Championships saw Thailand, Italy and Great Britain claim the three golds on offer.
Each World Champion was awarded their medals in the evening with IOC President Thomas Bach in attendance. Thailand’s Panipak Wongpattanakit and Italy’s Simone Alessio won gold in the women’s -49kg and men’s -74kg respectively, with Great Britain’s Jade Jones winning her first ever World Championship in the women’s -57kg. The silver medals were won by Jordan, China and Korea.
The first final of the night was the women’s -49kg with Rio 2016 Olympic silver medalist Panipak Wongpattanakit taking on two-time Olympic champion Jingyu Wu of China who had recently returned from retirement.
Wu took a fall at the start of the first round giving Wongpattanakit the first point, and Wongpattanakit followed up with a head shot and two body shots, pushing her score up 8-0. The second round saw Wongpattanakit extend her lead with a range of body kicks and head shots, finishing the round 16-0. Wu gave everything she could in the final round landing body kicks and a punch, but ultimately was not able to match Wongpattanakit’s drive to win and Wongpattanakit won the gold 18-5.
Kristina Tomic of Croatia and Rukiye Yildirim Turkey won bronze.
Jordan’s Rio 2016 gold medalist Ahmad Abughaush and Italy’s Simone Alessio started the second final of the evening in an intense fashion, with Alessio scoring 6-1 with a head shot, body shot and punch. The second round brought just as much intensity as the first as Alessio used his 19-inch height advantage to aim for his opponent’s head.
Abughaush fought back with four punches but still had a way to go to catch up. The second round finished 14-7. The final round saw both sides really pushing to win, both colliding together. With 25 seconds to go Abughaush caught up landing a series of punches, but was ultimately defeated by Simone Alessio who took his first World Championship gold, winning 18-11.
The bronze medals were won by Spain’s Daniel Quesada Barrera and Kairat Sarymsakov from Uzbekistan.
The most anticipated final of the night was between Great Britain’s two-time Olympic Champion Jade Jones and Korea’s Ah-Reum Lee. Jones scoring the first two points with a body kick in the first four seconds. Lee opened her scoring with a punch but Jones quickly replied with a punch of her own to take the score to 3-1.
The second-round saw Jones score with three body shots and finished the round in the lead 10-3. Lee forced Jones into conceding two Gam-Jeons but Jones hit back with a body shot. With less than 30 seconds to go, Lee gave it her all but Jones’ defending proved too good and she took gold, winning 14-7.
Skylar Park of Canada and Lijun Zhou of China won the bronze medals.
In the men’s -63kg it was China’s Shuai Zhao and Iran’s Soroush Ahmadi who progressed to tomorrow’s finals.
To kick the fourth night of competitions off, Iordanis Konstantinidis from Germany took on China’s Shuai Zhao. Zhao took the first point of the match with a punch, followed by a body shot. Konstantinidis fought back but was not able to register a point, and the first round of the evening finished 5-0.
Zhao kicked off the second round with multiple body shot attempts and took another point from a successful punch. In the final round Zhoa tried his luck with a headshot but just missed. At the end of the round the score was 10-8 and Zhoa was through to the finals. The second semi final was between Soroush Ahmadi from Iran and Jaouad Achab from Belgium. At the end of the first round the score was 0-0. The second round brought some intense kicks and punches, finishing 3-1 to Ahmadi. Int the final round both sides scored points from punches, but the score finished 6-3 and Ahmadi advanced to the finals.
Russia’s Tatiana Kudashova and Thai legend Phannapa Harnsujin advanced to the fifth day finals.
Kudashova and Aaliyah Powell of Britain took to the stage for the second semi final of the night. Kudashova scored the first 12 points with body shots, punches and a headshot finishing the first round 12-0 up. In the second round Kudashova proved her strength, pushing the score up to 25-3. During the final round Powell tried but could not catch up, as Kudashova advanced to the final winning 38-5.
In the next semi final, Harnsujin took on Latvia’s Inese Tarvida. In the first round, Harnsujin scored the first six points with three body shots, finishing the first round 6-1. In the second round Tarvia cut the defecit with a body kick but was still behind Harnsujin by six points. In the final round the scores got even closer, but with one minute to go Harnsujin was still leading 14-11. The final minute saw a flurry of kicks and Harnsujin booked her place in the final, winning 20-17.
World Champion and Olympic medalist Milad Beigi Harchegani from Azerbaijan and Apostolos Telikostoglou from Greece progressed to tomorrow’s finals.
Dominican Republic’s Moises Hernandez met Telikostoglou in the first of the semi finals. Telikostoglou took the first five points with a series of kicks and finished the first round in the lead. The second round started with Hernandez trying his shot with a scissor kick but missed, however he managed to score two points with a body kick.
In the final round Telikostoglou pilled away and landed a superb head shot to win the match 15-6 and progress to the final. In the next semi final, Harchegani and Korea’s Hyeok Park Beigi Harchegani took the first four points with a head shot and punch. In the second round Beigi Harachegani showed his flexibility again with another head shot. A gam-jeon was given to the Azerbaijani and at the end of round two, Beigi Harchegani was in the lead. In the final round Park Woo scored two head shots, but it was not enough and Beigi Harchegani progresses to the final, winning 37-20.
The last semi final of the night saw Turkey’s Nur Tatar Askari and China’s Mengyu Zhang progress to tomorrow’s finals.
Tatar Askari took on Brazil’s Milena Titoneli, but the first round finished 0-0. During the second round Tatar Askari who came out on top as she scored five points.
In the final round Tatar Askari hit the Brazilian with a spinning body and a head shot, to maintain her lead. Titoneli tried to fight back with a punch but it was not enough, as Tatar Askari progresses to the final winning 20-3. The last semi final of the evening was between Farida Azizova from Azerbaijan and Zhang. The first round ended 0-0 but the second round quickly saw eight points awarded to Zhang as she landed two body shots, a punch and a head shot. In the final round Azizoza registered her first points of the match with a head shot and a spinning body shot but it was too little too late and Zhang progressed to the finals, winning 15-5.
이아름(고양시청, 26)은 18일(현지시각) 영국 맨체스터 아레나에서 열린 ‘2019 맨체스터 세계태권도선수권대회’ 넷째 날 여자 -57kg급 결승에서 홈팀 영국의 제이드 존스의 오른 발 앞발에 막혀 대회 은메달을 획득했다.
경기 시작과 함께 상대의 주특기인 오른 발 밀어차기에 실점하며 주도권을 내줬다. 주먹으로 만회를 했지만 발차기가 좀처럼 유효득점으로 먹히지 않았다. 2회전에서도 상대의 앞발 공격과 견제에 막혀 답답한 경기가 이어졌다. 3대10 7점차로 뒤진 가운데 3회전 마침내 몸통 공격을 성공하며 7대10까지 턱밑까지 추격에 나섰지만 이후 실점하면서 7대14으로 패했다.
올림픽 2연패를 달성 했지만, 2011 세계선수권 이후 4연속 출전에 노골드였던 제이드는 이번 대회 우승으로 다섯 번째 도전 끝에 금메달을 획득했다.
여자 -49kg급 결승은 출산 후 코트로 복귀한 올림픽 2회 연속 우승자 중국 태권도 여제 우징위(32)와 현재 세계랭킹 1위 패니팍 옹파타나키트(태국, 21)가 맞붙었다. 모든 태권도 팬들의 관심 속에 치러진 신구 대결은 패니팍이 자신의 우상이었던 우징위를 쉽게 이겼다. 패니팍은 세 번째 만에 우징위를 이겼다.
팽팽한 긴장감 속에 시작된 1회전. 우징위가 공격 중 넘어져 실점했다. 패니팍 긴 다리가 우징위 머리에 꽃이면서 승기를 잡았다. 이후 긴 다리로 압박하면서 빈 공간을 몸통 공격으로 추가 득점해 8대0으로 앞섰다. 2회전에서는 안면을 적중시키는 머리 공격으로 16대0으로 압도했다. 마지막 3회전 우징위가 만회에 나섰지만 역부족 패니팍은 우징위 공격을 철저하게 막아내며 21대6으로 대승을 거뒀다.
이날 국제올림픽위원회(IOC) 토마스 바흐 위원장이 경기장을 방문해 관전하고 여자 -49Kg 시상도 했다.
남자 -74KG급 결승은 197cm의 장신 알렉시오 시모네(이탈리아, 19)가 2016 리우 올림픽에서 이대훈을 잡고 우승한 아부가우시 아흐마드(요르단, 23)과 맞붙어 긴 다리를 무기로 18대11로 제치고 우승했다. 아부가우시는 상대 긴 다리에 막혀 주먹으로 만회에 나섰지만 신장에 열세를 극복하지 못했다.
남자 -80kg급 박우혁(한국체대, 1학년)은 이번 대회 강력 우승 후보를 예선에서 모두 제압하고 결선에 진출했다. 32강전에서 변칙적인 기술로 상대하기 어려운 러시아 막심 크람소프를 패기 넘치는 공격력을 뽐내며 22대18로 제쳤다. 이어 8강전에서 스페인 라울 마르티네즈 가르시아를 28대8로 크게 이겼다.
기대 이상 활약해 우승을 기대했지만 4강에서 지난 무주 세계선수권 우승자인 아제르바이잔 밀라드 베이지 하르체가니 노련함을 극복하지 못해 37대20으로 패했다.
이날 세 번째 세계선수권에 출전한 김잔디(삼성에스원, 24)는 16강에서 브라질 밀레나 티토넬리에 15대16으로 져 우승의 꿈을 이루지 못했다.
2015 첼랴빈스크 세계선수권 금메달리스트인 임금별(한국체대)은 여자 -53kg 예선 첫 경기에서 2018 함마메트 세계청소년선수권에서 우승한 미국의 기대주 아나스타샤 졸로틱에 3회전 9대29로 점수차패 했다.
국제대회에 첫 출전한 -63kg급 김민혁(강화군청, 20)은 터키 펄한 칸 카뷰랏에 32강에 25대32로 패했다.
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