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2015 Chelyabinsk World Taekwondo Championships (Day-7.Closing)

Iran Clinches Men's Overall Title; Korea Grabs Women's Overall Crown at 2015 World Taekwondo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia

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기사입력 2015-05-19

▲     © Male and female MVPs during the  closing ceremony of the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships at the Traktor Arena in Chelyabinsk, Russia on May 18, 2015. Great Britain's Bianka Walkden was selected as the female most valuable player (MVP) of the championships, while Turkey's Servet Tazegul was chosen as the male MVP WTU

 

May 18, CHELYABINSK, Russia (May 18, 2015) - Iran took the men's overall title and Korea clinched the women's overall title at the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships, which wrapped up its seven-day competition here today.

 

The biennial championships, which took place at the jam-packed 7,000-seat Traktor Arena, drew a total of 873 athletes from 139 countries on the registration basis.

 

The championships, which featured demonstrations by the WTF and the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) during the opening ceremony on May 12, drew special attention from both the international media and the home fans. All the tickets for the opening ceremony and competition matches were sold out, showing the high popularity of taekwondo in Russia.

 

The championships were broadcast both in live and delayed formats in more than 100 countries.

 

In the men's division, Iran grabbed three gold medals and one bronze for a total of 65 points for the first place, followed by host Russia with two silvers and three bronzes for 50 points. The third placer was Uzbekistan, which won one gold and two silvers for 43 points, followed by Korea with one gold and one bronze for 42 points. Spain came in fifth with one silver and one bronze for 34 points.

 

In the women's category, Korea clinched three golds for 56 points, followed by Chinese Taipei with one gold, one silver and one bronze for 41 points. Turkey came next with one gold, one silver and one bronze for 40 points, followed by China with two silvers for 38 points and Great Britain with one gold and one bronze for 31 points.

 

Great Britain's Bianka Walkden was selected as the female most valuable player (MVP) of the championships, while Turkey's Servet Tazegul was chosen as the male MVP.

 

The Good Fighting Spirit Award went to Iraq, while the Active Participation Award went to Swaziland.

 

Korea's Nam-won Kang was chosen as the best female team coach, while Iran's Bijan Moghanlou was selected as the best male team coach.

 

The Best Referee Awards went to Guatemala's Marco Vinicio Prado Serrano, Sweden's Reza Abrishami, Russia's Andrey Khegay, Brazil's Marcelo Vinicius Costa Rezende and Thailand's Kalaya Suddi.

 

On the seventh and final day of the championships on May 18, four final matches were featured, in which Japan, Turkey, Iran and Belgium – albeit with a fighter competing under the WTF flag – took one gold medal each.

 

In the female -62kg category, Turkey’s Irem Yaman took gold, Spain’s Marto Calvo Gomez – Eva’s sister - took silver while Rachelle Booth of Great Britain and Viktoryia Belanouskaya of Belarus had to settle for bronze.

 

In the female -57kg division, Japan’s Mayu Hamada took gold and Spaniard Eva Calvo Gomez – Marta’s sister, who had won silver in her category - took silver while Iran’s Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin and Hungary’s Edina Kotsis won bronzes.

 

In the male -63kg category, Belgian Jaouad Achab, fighting under the WTF flag, won gold, Spaniard Joel Gonzalez Bonilla took silver, while Iran’s Abolfazi Yaghoubi Jouybar and Mexico’s Saul Gutierrez won bronzes.

 

And in the men’s -80kg division, Iranian Mahdi Khodabakhshi convincingly took the gold and Great Britain’s Damon Sansum won silver, leaving Moldova’s Aaron Cook and Germany’s Tahir Guelec with bronzes.

 

The female -62kg final had featured Yaman against Calvo Gomez of Spain. Both girls kicked off with stabbing side kicks, then varied their attacks with head kicks but it was the Spaniard who scored first with a turning kick from long range, ending Round 1, 1-0. Early in Round 2, the Turkish athlete found the range and took the score to 3-1; both girls then closed and fought, with the round ending 2-4 to Yaman. In Round 3, the Spaniard sneaked a hook kick to the mid-section, then the Turk fired back with a series of machine-gun turning kicks to head taking the board to 4-7, then 4-8. With the seconds ticking away, Carlo Gomez was forced to attack, which was dangerous: Yaman had looked more dangerous on the counter. Carlo Gomez fought forward and paid the price: The Turk landed on the high line, winning gold with a convincing 14-4 win.

 

The female -57kg division pitted Hamada against Calvo Gomez.At the start, Carlo Gomez looked livelier, circling her bigger opponent, flicking out her front leg like a snake’s tongue. But it was Hamada who got the first hit, a turning kick to the body, and ending Round 1 at 1-0. The second round got off at a quick pace with front leg action from both girls and Hamada raising the score to 2-0 before Calvo Gomez connected, making it, 2-1. Then Hamada kicked on the mid-line and, without dropping her foot, doubled up high, catching the unsuspecting Spaniard on the head guard with a turning kick. Round 2 ended 5-1 to Hamada. Seeking a high-scoring technique, Carlo Gomez let rip in Round 3 with a series of spin heel head kicks, but failed to connect. In the last 30 seconds, she pressured the Japanese fighter to the edge of the mats and raised the board to 3-5, but it was too little, too late: The match ended with Hamada victorious.

 

The men’s -63kg final, set Achab against Bonilla. The Belgian boy has some of the best footwork on the mats, and from the start, he looked fast, stylish and dangerous - despite suffering a bruising semifinal match against Iranian Abolfazi Yaghoubi Jouybar. Even so, Round 1 ended without scoreless. In the second, Achab registered on the board with a punch, taking Round 2 1-0. Round 3 had more fireworks, In a flurry  both men were connecting, but it was Achab who scored with a crescent kick to the head, taking the board to 5-1. Bonilla managed to up the score with a turning kick fired on the retreat, 5-2. Soon after, the Spanish coach called for a video replay for a head kick, but the screen clearly showed that Achab had blocked: The request was denied. In the last 30 seconds, the fight got really busy, with both men flying across the mats, locked in combat. Bonilla took the scoreboard to 3-7, then 4-7, then 5-7; the Belgian was briefly floored and in the last few seconds, looked like he was playing for time. But he hung on and the fight ended 6-7, giving Achab the gold.

 

In the men’s -80kg final, Sansum took to the mats against Khodabakhshi. The Iranian is one of the most economical fighters in the sport; with his near-perfect distancing and timing, he makes it look easy. In Round 1 the Iranian scored a point almost immediately, then another, before chopping a kick almost nonchalantly onto the Briton’s head. He continued racking up the points, before Sansum came back with a cut kick. The round ended 7-1. Picking off points like a sniper, the Iranian relentlessly raised his score, point by point, in Round 2, until Sansum managed to maneuver him to the edge of the area and connect, raising his points to 3 against Khodabakhshi’s 13. In Round 3, Khodabakhshi decided to finish. He attacked immediately, scoring with a head kick and taking the match 16-3, on point gap. It was a supreme performance by a master of his art and a well-deserved gold.

 

There had been an interesting confrontation in the semis of the -80kg category. Aaron Cook, a Briton by birth, was not selected for the British Olympic Team in 2012, so defected, first fighting for the Isle of Man, and now Moldova. He was eliminated in the semifinal in golden point by GB’s Damon Sansum after a high-scoring, 13-13 match.

 

Women’s -62 kg

1 – Irem Yaman (TUR)
2 – Marta Calvo (ESP)
3 – Belanouskaya (BLR)
3 – Rachel Booth (GBR)

Women’s -57 kg

1 – Mayu Hamada (JPN)
2 – Eva Calvo (ESP)
3 – Edina Kotsis (HUN)
3 – Kimia Alizadeh (IRI)

Men’s -63 kg

1 – Jaouad Achab (BEL)
2 – Joel Gonzalez (ESP)
3 – Saul Gutierrez (MEX)
3 – Abolfazl Yaghoubi (IRI)

Men’s -80 kg

1 – Mahdi Khobadakhshi (IRI)
2 – Damon Sansum (GBR)
3 – Aaron Cook (MDA)
3 – Tahir Guelec (GER)

Evening session

Semi-finals

Women’s -57 kg

World number 4 Mayu Hamada was the first finalist of day after proving to be better than Alizadeh (IRI), who had defeated the Olympic champion Jade Jones in her previous match. Hamada was down on the scoreboard 1-0 and 2-1 when the fight was still in the second period, but was able to punish Alizadeh in the final 2 minutes, scoring 3 consecutive points through body kicks that gave her a 5-2 win to jump into the big final.

World number 2 Eva Calvo (ESP) showed again her solid Taekwondo style against Kotsis (HUN) to win the second semi-final by 4-2 and fight for the gold against Hamada in the crucial match. The first period finished with a draw to 1, but Calvo took the control of the clash in the second, when she landed her right foot on Kotsis’ body twice to take a 3-1 advantage. 2 points down to Calvo is a hard job to recover, and the Hungarian couldn’t do anything to turn the scoreboard around. In the end, 4-2 for the Spaniard.

Women’s -62 kg

Irem Yaman (TUR) left no chance for surprise in her match against number 57 in the world Belanouskaya (BLR), making her way to the final by 9-0. The Turkish was always in control of the fight, leading by 3-0 at the end of the first round, an advantage who she managed to rise up to 4 in the next 2 minutes. In the final round, with Belanouskaya trying to score her first point in a desperate way, the Turkish was able to score 5 more points to finish it 9-0. A great performance by the world number 16, who will significantly go up on the ranking next month.

Eva Calvo’s sister, Marta (ESP), was the second Spanish athlete to make the final after denying most of Rachel Booth’s (GBR) attacks to win the second semi-final by 6-4. Calvo started really strong and connected a spinning body kick that gave her a 3-1 lead which was eventually decisive. Since that moment, the Spaniard focused on her defense, as Booth seemed really dangerous with her left leg. And it was a successful strategy for Calvo, who took advantage of Booth’s late attacks to rise her count to 6. She was then punished with some kyongos, with the final score being 6-4.

Men’s -63 kg

World number 1 and reigning European champion Jaouad Achab, with Belgian nationality but competing as an independent athlete, got rid of Yaghoubi (IRI) by 9-7 to reach another final in a major event. Although the first round was nothing more than a test, with none of the athletes scoring a single point, the rest of the fight was really enjoyable to watch. In the second period, both fighters performed a hitting exchange that finished with Achab 4-3 ahead on the scoreboard. But the best was coming after, as the last 2 minutes were full of action, including an extraordinary head kick by Achab. In the end, 9-7 for the Belgian.

Reigning Olympic champion Joel González (ESP) always gives his best when the situation looks bad for him. The semi-final against Mexican Saúl Gutiérrez was another example of the Spaniard’s cold blood. Gonzalez was 1-0 down at the end of the first round and was able to tie the match to 1. In the second period, both athletes managed to score 1 point, so 2-2 with only 2 minutes left. Time for the final round, with Gutierrez taking a 5-2 with only 5 seconds to go, when Joel connected a spinning body kick to tie to 5. In the sudden death period, the Spaniard kept calm and waited for the moment to come. With only 6 seconds left, he found a crack on the Mexican’s wall to connect a body kick and jump into the final.

Men’s -80 kg

The first semi-final of the division was the best fight of the event, with Damon Sansum (GBR) and Aaron Cook (MDA) fighting for the first time since Cook joined Moldova. And the victory was taken by the British, who scored just after 2 seconds in the overtime after the 6 minutes ended with 13-13. Sansum was the athlete to be ahead of the fight for the most time, finishing 4-2 up at the end of the 1st round and 8-7 after 4 minutes, but Cook resisted and was able to tie the match to 13 thanks to a brave performance. Both athletes exchanged any possible Taekwondo action you can imagine against each other. A truly enjoyable act.

World number 2 Mahdi Khodabakhshi (IRI) took control of Traktor Arena’s central court to tell everyone he deserved a place in the big finala against Sansum. He set the pace of the fight against Tahir Guelec (GER) and stayed always ahead of the German to go trough by 8-5. Guelec tried to comeback in the final minutes, but the Iranian know how to manage this situations and secured a comfortable access to the crucial fight.

Finals

Women’s -57 kg

Mayu Hamada became the new world champion after defeating world number 2 Eva Calvo by 5-3 in an equal match decided by a spectacular head kick from the Japanese in the last second of the second round. That action gave the Asian a 5-1 lead that was impossible tu overcome for Calvo, even though the Spaniard tried everything she had. Hamada’s dodging was impressive and let her manage the advantage in a safe way until the end.

Men’s -62kg

Eva’s sister, Marta, couldn’t taste gold either, as she was beaten by the Turkish Irem Yaman by a clear 14-4 in the second final of the day. Calvo managed to get an early lead thanks to a body kick, finshing 1-0 ahead at the end of the first round. The spaniard even tied the match to 4 when the second round was about to finish, but the action who gave her the 4-4 tie was also the one who punished her. Yaman took advantage of Calvo’s position and touched her head with the righ foot. A 7-4 lead which she extended to 14-4 due to the Spaniard’s desperate attempts to score.

Men’s -63 kg

Belgian Jaouad Achab handled the pressure just fine and was able to beat the current Olympic champion Joel Gonzalez (ESP) by 7-6 in a really close final. The first round had not much action, finishing without any points on the scoreboard. And the second one was not much different, as Jouad was the only one to connect a scoring action through a body kick to lead 1-0 with only 2 minutes to go. In the final round, Achab reached a 2-0 advantage, just when Joel scored his first point of the match. But by scoring, he left a crack on his defense, allowing the Belgian to score 3 points by hitting his head. Since then, the Spaniard tried everything to turn the score around, but Achab was clever enough to stay 1 point ahead.

Men’s -80 kg

Mahdi Khobadakhshi offered a sensational performance, probably the best in the event, to take the Men’s -80 kg title in front of Damon Sansum (GBR), beating the British by 16-3 with still 1 minute and 58 seconds to play. The Iranian left no chance for Sansum to get into the match, obtaining a 7-1 lead at the end of the first period and extending it to 13-3 when finishing the second. After connecting two successful head kicks in the first two rounds, the Iranian just needed two seconds in the final round to hit Sansum’s head for the third time and touch the golden glory.

Pau Aguilar, Chelyabinsk

 

 

▲     © An awarding ceremony is under way for the women's -57kg division during on the seventh and final day of the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships at the Traktor Arena in Chelyabinsk, Russia on May18, 2015. Japan's Mayu Hamada beat in the final Spain's Eva Calvo Gomez 5-3 for the gold. The bronze went to Iran's Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin and Hungary's Edina Kotsis WTU

 

▲     © An awarding ceremony is under way for the men's -63kg division on the seventh and final day of the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships at the Traktor Arena in Chelyabinsk, Russia on May18, 2015. Belgium's Jacouad Achab beat Spain's Joel Gonzalez Bonilla 7-6 in the final for the gold. Iran's Abolfazi Yaghoubi Jouybar and Mexico's Saul Gutierrez won the bronze WTU

 

▲     ©  Male -80kg division 1 – Mahdi Khobadakhshi (IRI) 2 – Damon Sansum (GBR) 3 – Aaron Cook (MDA)
3 – Tahir Guelec (GER)
 
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▲     © Medal winners pose during an awarding ceremony for the women's -62kg division on the seventh and final day of the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships at the Traktor Arena in Chelyabinsk, Russia on May 18, 2015. Turkey's Irem Yaman defeated Spain's Marta Calvo Gomez 14-4 for the gold medal. Belarus' Viktoryia Belanouskaya and Great Britain's Rachelle Booth took the bronze WTU

 

▲     © WTF RefereeChairman Chakir Chelbat poses with representatives of the Best Referee Awards during the closing ceremony of the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships at the Traktor Arena in Chelyabinsk, Russia on May 18, 2015. The Best Referee Awards went to Guatemala's Marco Vinicio Prado Serrano, Sweden's Reza Abrishami, Russia's Andrey Khegay, Brazil's Marcelo Vinicius Costa Rezende and Thailand's Kalaya Suddi WTU

 

▲     © WTF President Chungwon Choue poses with representatives of the best female teams during the closing ceremony of the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships at the Traktor Arena in Chelyabinsk, Russia on May 18, 2015. Korea won the men's overall title, followed by Chinese Taipei, Turkey, China and Great Britain WTU

 

▲     © WTF President Chungwon Choue poses with representatives of the best five male teams during the closing ceremony of the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships at the Traktor Arena in Chelyabinsk, Russia on May 18, 2015. Iran won the men's overall title, followed by Russia, Uzbekistan, Korea and Spain WTU

 

▲     © WTF President Chungwon Choue poses with international referees during the  closing ceremony of the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships at the Traktor Arena in Chelyabinsk, Russia on May 18, 2015. A total of 100 referees officiated at the championships  WTU

 

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