5th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships Kick Off in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Post date: Oct 10, 2010 12:55:45 PM

<Opening Ceremony>

The 5th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships kicked off for a three-day run in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Oct. 8, 2010.

The WTF-promoted event, which takes place at the 2,800-seat Universal Sports Palace Uzbekistan, drew a total of 447 contestants, including 194 females, from 59 countries.

WTF President Chungwon Choue said at the opening ceremony of the event, "While other WTF events show the dynamic nature of our sport, the World Poomsae Championships display the beauty of taekwondo. The control and intricacies of each move create an artistry that no other martial art can offer."

President Choue continued to say, "Marking the 5th edition of these championships adds yet another milestone to an already prestigious year. Taekwondo has been part of the 1st ever Youth Olympic Games and the inaugural SportAccord Combat Games. Taekwondo poomsae has also been included in the 2013 World Masters Games."

"In the future, the WTF hopes to develop and transform the poomsae championships further. These changes will allow the athletes to demonstrate their techniques and artistry in their own way. This will allow for tradition and modernization to merge in harmony," Dr. Choue said.

Among VIPs who attended the opening ceremony were Mr. Abdulla Nigmatovich Aripov, vice prime minister of Uzbekistan; Mr. Tuhtaev Abdukahhor Hasanovich, governor of Tashkent City; and Mr. Botir Rakhmatovich Parpiev, president of the Uzbekistan Taekwondo Association.

<Day 1 Result>

The opening day of the three-day event featured six events: the men's individual junior, the women's individual junior, the 2nd pair, the men's individual 1st master, the men's individual 3rd master, and the women's individual 3rd master division.

Korea won two gold medals and two silver medals on the first day, while Great Britain clinched two gold medals. Turkey and Russia earned one gold each. Host Uzbekistan and Vietnam won one silver and one bronze each. China and Spain grabbed one silver each, while Italy and Iran took home two bronze medals each.

In the men's individual junior category, Korea's Wang-kon Hwang won the gold, while Vietnam's Le Anh Minh earned his country the silver medal. The bronze went to Uzbekistan's Satarov Zafar and Iran's Mahdi Jamal Fashi.

In the women's individual junior division, Korea's Sung-yae Cho clinched the gold and China's Yao Jingjing grabbed the silver. Vietnam's Minh Tu Nguyen and Iran's Bahareh Ghaderian shared the bronze medal. In the 2nd pair category, Germany's Elvira Brigitte Fuhrmann and Michael Bussmann won the gold medal, while Spain's Yolanda Ubero and Alberto F. Delgado clinched the silver. The bronze went to Italy's Andrea Notaro and Maria Giovanna Chiappelli, and Mexico's Miguel Angel Nava Santa Ana and Aura Trevino Ugarte.

In the men's individual 1st master category, Turkey's Mustafa Yilmaz won the gold and Korea's Kyeong-min Bae took home the silver. The bronze went to Italy's Andrea Notaro and the Netherlands' Ata Alavi. In the men's individual 3rd master division, Great Britain's Tong Wan Shin won the gold and Korea's Yeong-bok Oh clinched the silver. The bronze went to Colombia's Oscar Posada and France's Moon Ho Lee.

In the women's individual 3rd master category, Russia's Valentina Kontorina earned his country the gold medal and Uzbekistan's Taranova Alla took the silver medal.

<Day 2 Result>

On the second day of the competition, Korea, Iran, Turkey and Vietnam clinched gold medals.

Korea showed its supremacy in taekwondo as it won four gold medals on the second day of the 5th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Oct. 9, 2010. Iran grabbed one gold medal, four silver medals and one bronze medal, while Turkey clinched one gold and four bronze medals. Vietnam won one gold medal. Host Uzbekistan took one silver and one bronze medal.

The second-day of the three-day poomsae championships, which takes place at the Universal Sports Palace Uzbekistan, featured seven events. In the men's individual 2nd master category, Korea's Kap-Chell Hur won the gold medal and Iran's Hadi Torkashvand took the silver. The bronze went to Turkey's Selahaddin Sahin and Great Britain's Ali Pourtaheri.

In the women's individual 2nd master division, Korean Chung-Hee Chang took home the gold medal and Italy's Clara Cecchetti captured the silver. Barbara Brand of the United States and Patricia C. Martinez de Rodriguez of Mexico shared the bronze medal.

In the men's 2nd team division, a trio of Turkey's Mustafa Yilmaz, Kemal Yilmaz, and Hayri Temel Alper won the gold medal, while Iran's Mohammaddta Ghi Hatami, Hassan Zahedi Haghighi Gilani, and Ahmad Akhlaghi earned the silver. The bronze went to Spain's Diego Carrillo, Bernardo Fidalgo, and Juan Antonio Santiago, and Uzbekistan's Nee Alexander, Afinogenov Mikhail, and Lim Alexandr.

In the women's 2nd team category, a trio of Iranian Badri Asadi, Mahnaz Mardani Kataki, and Zahra Eftekhari grabbed the gold, while Germany's Imke Turner, Elvira Brigitte Fuhrmann, Kirsten Teren clinched the silver. The bronze went to Spain's Yolanda Ubero, Maria Angeles Alonso, and Maria Monserrat Sanchez, and Turkey's Gamze Sari, Nesime Altum, Nafia Unkarakalar.

In the men's individual 1st senior category, Korean Ju-Min Yang earned his country the gold medal and Iran's Alinadali Najafabadi won the silver. The bronze went to France's Julien Van Phuong Le and Germany's Thomas Sommer.

In the women's individual 1st senior division, Korea's Su-Ji Kang took the gold and Iran's Mahsh Mardani won the silver. The bronze went to Turkey's Rabia Kim andGermany's Claudia Beaujean. In the 1st pair division, Vietnam's Minh Tu Nguyen and Dinh Toan Nguyen won the gold medal and Uzbekistan's Lee Aleksandr and Dergach Irina took the silver. The bronze went to Turkey's Rabia Kim and Fazli Karisik, and Iran's Fatemeh Roushan Dashtaki and Akbar Forouzan.