[By NBC-1TV H. J Yook]19 August 2016; Rio de Janeiro: Day 3 of the Olympic taekwondo competition at the Carioca Arena 3 in Rio’s Barra Olympic Park saw two more highly anticipated weight categories being contested, with golds going to South Korea and Cote d’Ivoire – a historic first-ever Olympic gold for that nation.
In the women -67kg category, gold went to Hyeri Oh of South Korea, silver went to Haby Niare of France and bronzes were won by Ruth Marie Christelle Gbagbi of Cote d’Ivoire and Nur Tatar of Turkey. In the men -80kg category, gold was seized by Cheick Sallah Junior Cisse of Cote d’Ivoire, silver went to Lutalo Muhammad of Great Britain and bronzes were won by Oussam Oueslati of Tunisia and Milad Beigi Harchgani of Azerbaijan.
It was a great day for South Korea – which won its second gold of the competition; a great day for African taekwondo – which won three medals; and a great day for taekwondo fans – who were treated to two tremendously dramatic finals.
The sonic backdrop for the on-mat battles throughout the day’s fighting had been appropriate: The near-capacity crowd raised the roof of Carioca 3 with the thunderous refrain from White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” and even held up lit cellphones to accompany the tune.
Day 3 was not as strewn with historic landmarks as Day 2 and did not see nearly as many shocks as Day 1. Even so, there were upsets.
Number two seed Aaron Cook of Moldova, one of the most crowd-pleasing fighters in taekwondo, was eliminated in his first fight by Liu Wei-ting of Chinese Taipei. And number one seed Mehdi Khodabakhshi went out in the second round at the feet of Azerbaijan’s Milad Beigi Harchgani. Remarkably, both these top-grade fighters were defeated on 12-point difference.
Even so, it is the finals in both categories that are likely to be talked about for a long time to come.
Women -67kg Category
The final saw number one seed Haby “The Abigator” Niare of France face off against sixth seed Hyeri Oh of South Korea. In the first round, Niare landed her trademark “scorpion kick” – a heel hook kick fired from impossibly close range, requiring great balance and flexibility – to the back of Oh’s head, for a three-point lead. She extended it in the second, going 4-0 up - then things changed radically .Oh returned fire with a spin back kick, taking the board to 4-3.
Then, in a too-quick-to-follow flurry of kicks, the board flashed. Oh went on the attack and started pressuring the taller French fighter back ward. In the third, both fighters tried to feint each other out before Niare appeared to land another scorpion kick – it registered but was disallowed and a video replay appeal was lost. An ax kick attack bought Niare’s score back up, before Oh added another single point - then the action mingled fast-and-furious with close-and-messy as both athletes went for broke with the scoreboard flashing the points like a pinball game and the referee working as hard as the fighters. The final result could have gone either way, but it ended with a tight 13-12 victory for Oh.
“In some competitions, I came second best and felt like I had let a lot of people down,” the Korean said after the match. “But just like any other day, today I tried my best and the result was satisfactory.”
In the first repechage, Ruth Marie Christelle Gbagbi of Cote d’Ivoire, seeded ninth, defeated 16th seed Aniya Necol Louissaint of Haiti, 7-2. In the second repechage, third seed Chia-chia Chuang of Chinese Taipei beat 11th seed Melissa Pagnotta of Canada, 4-1.
The first bronze-medal match pitted 10th seed Farida Azizova of Azerbaijan against Gbagbi. Gbagbi, one of the fiercest fighters in the category, rang the Azeri’s bell with a perfectly timed round kick to the head in Round 1 for a three-point lead, and retained the initiative for the rest of the match, taking a deserved bronze, 7-1.
The second bronze match saw fourth-seed Nur Tatar of Turkey take on Chuang - both highly experienced competitors. In the first, an exuberant-looking Chuang landed an arcing round kick to Tatar’s head to establish a 3-0 lead; that score was unchanged in the second. But Tatar was not to be counted out. She revived in the third, over-turning the score to 4-3, then 7-3. When it ended, the Turk looked almost unbelieving, kneeling on the field of play as if to give thanks to Providence for the victory.
Men -68kg Category
The final saw Cote d’Ivoire’s Cheick Sallah Junior Cisse going into battle against Great Britain’s Lutalo Muhammad – a match that is likely to be talked about for years for its extraordinary ending.
The African started with one advantage. Cisse has proven to be the most popular fighter with the Rio crowd, taking up the chant of “Ole, Ole, Ole - Cisse, Cisse.” Even Cote d’Ivorians in the crowd were nonplussed at the thunderous reception their fighter received. A Brazilian media manager explained: Brazilian crowds have been latching onto names of fighters and creating spontaneous chants. Regardless of how or why it had happened, Cisse looked buoyed by the kind of thunder usually reserved for world-class football matches. And so it began.
From the buzzer, it was clear both men had come to fight. Neither player stepped back as they fought for center ring, leading to some messy clashes and clinches. First blood went to Muhammad. His high kicks have proven a deadly weapon in Rio and now he dropped the ax, missed - but without dropping his foot, whipped it back to a round kick to the face for a three-point lead. This was technical mastery of the highest level. Round two saw more clinching, with Cisse clawing back a single point. Then, the Cote d’Ivorian scored with a back heel kick fired from low that arced up into the Briton’s trunk protector. The board rang up 4-4. The crowd roared.
The tied second meant there was everything to play for in the third. Both men stabbed kicks at each other, the Briton diversifying his attack with punches, but failing to score. Both fighters looked exhausted as the match degenerated into clinchwork. But in the last minute, both men tapped into hidden reserves and revved up for a last effort.
The Briton landed a crescent kick. Cisse’s headguard was sent flying. The hit did not register. A video replay was called. Disallowed. Action restarted. Muhammad added two points, taking the score 6-4. As the seconds counted down, Cisse added another point – but the Briton was backpeddling. Victory, surely, was secure?. It looked like it was all over - then it happened. In the very last second Cisse lashed out with a head kick. It impacted. Final score: 8-6, Cisse.
The African was exuberant as the crowd let rip. The Briton looked disbelieving, then aghast; his coach looked equally devastated. It had been a brilliant last-second play by Cisse, but terribly bad luck for Muhammad, the bronze medalist in London 2012.
“I gave it a last kick and did not expect anything from it,” Cisse said, post-match. “I had no expectation of this! When I go home, I will hug my family very tightly.”
In the first repechage, the 13th seed, the legendary Steven Lopez of Team USA – a triple Olympic medalist, fighting, at the age of 37, in a record fifth taekwondo Olympic contest – beat 12th seed Hayder Shkara of Australia on superiority in golden point. In the second repechage, 14th seed Piotr Pazinski of Poland defeated sixth seed Tahir Guelec of Germany in golden point.
The first bronze medal match saw Lopez take on Oussama Oueslati of Tunisia, seeded 10th. The American was game and seemed to be landing, but it was the Tunisian who consistently found the range, landing multiple kicks to the American’s head. Lopez unleashed a series of spectacular attacks as the clock counted down, but it ended 14-5, Oueslati.
The match may prove to be a landmark moment. With Lopez now 37, this could be the last time an Olympic crowd sees this tremendous competitor and gentleman of sport do battle. If so, will taekwondo ever see his like again?
The second bronze medal match saw Pazinski take on Milad Beigi Harchgani of Azerbaijan, the 11th seed. The Azeri locked his target radar on early in the match, taking a four-point lead in the first. Looking cool, composed and confident, he extended his lead to 9-0 in the second. In the break, the Pole looked stressed and tired. The Azeri landed yet another ax kick at the start of the round, taking the match on 12-point difference.
It had been a dramatic - and thunderously noisy - day of sport. Battle recommences at Carioca Arena 3 tomorrow for the fourth and final day of the 2016 Olympic Competition, when the women +67kgs and the men +80kg categories – taekwondo’s heaviest weight categories – are contested. The taekwondo competition in Rio consists of 128 athletes in eight male and eight female categories, each of 16 players, representing 63 NOCs.
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[NBC-1TV 구본환 기자] 올해 장애인태권도 제1차 지도자교육과 심판교육을 마무리 한 대한장애인태권도협회(회장 장용갑)가 국내에서 처음으로 개최되는 '국제오픈장애인태권도대회'라는 호제를 만나 장애인올림픽 출전의 청신호가 켜졌다. 김운용컵국제오픈태권도대회조직위원회(위원장 이동섭)는 "올해 8월 10일부터 15일까지 6일간의 일정으로 서울 장충체육관에서 개최되는 2018 김운용컵국제오픈태권도대회에 국제오픈장애인태권도대회를 함께 개최한다"고 밝혔다. (사)김운용스포츠위원회 서현석 사무국장은 “장애인태권도의 중요성을 인식해 WT(세계태권도연맹 총재 조정원)와 대한장애인태권도협회에서 적극적으로 협조해 올해부터 비장애인과 장애인 오픈대회를 김운용컵에서 함께 개최할 수 있게 됐다”면서 “별도의 장애인 국제대회 예산을 지원받아 대회를 개최하는 것이 아니라 예산이 부족한 감이 없지는 않지만 여러 기관에서 장애인태권도의 중요성을 인식하고 도움을 줄 것으로 기대하고 있다. 올해를 시작으로 김운용컵 대회는 비장애인과 장애인이 함께 하는 대회로 거듭나게 됐다”고 설명했다. 8월 10일 1일간의 일정으로 진행되는 김운용컵국제오픈장애인태권도대회는 세계랭킹 포인트 G1등급의 대회로
[NBC-1TV 이광윤 보도국장] 방한중인 로드리고 두테르테(rodrigo duterte) 필리핀 대통령이 4일 오후 국립서울현충원을 참배했다. 문재인 대통령과의 청와대 정상회담에 앞서 오후 3시 20분경 현충문에 도착한 에르도안 대통령은 안수현 국립서울현충원장의 영접을 받으며 현충탑에 헌화, 분향한 후 청와대로 이동했다. 두테르테 대통령은 이날 정상회담에서 양국 간 우호협력 관계를 돈독히 하고 교역·투자, 인프라, 국방·방산, 농업, 개발협력, 문화·인적교류 등 분야의 실질협력 강화 방안을 폭넓게 논의할 예정이며, 필리핀 군 현대화 등 방산협력에 대해서도 의견을 교환할 예정이다. 문 대통령과 두테르테 대통령의 정상회담은 지난해 11월 아세안+3 정상회의 및 EAS(동아시아 정상회의) 참석차 문 대통령의 필리핀 방문에 이어 2번째이며, 앞서 다바오 시장 시절인 2014년 다바오 LRT 사업차 방한했으며, 2013년 로터리클럽 참석 등 3회를 방한했으나 2016년 6월 대통령 취임 후에는 첫 방한이며, 문 대통령 취임 후 한국을 방문하는 첫 아세안 국가 정상이기도 하다. 한편 두테르테 대통령은 2박 3일간의 방한 기간 중 한-필리핀 비즈니스 포럼과 푸드
[NBC-1TV 이광윤 보도국장] 로드리고 두테르테(rodrigo duterte) 필리핀 대통령 두테르테 대통령이 3일 오전 인천 국제공항을 통해 공식 방한했다. 두테르테 대통령은 4일 문재인 대통령과 정상회담에서 양국 간 우호협력 관계를 돈독히 하고 교역·투자, 인프라, 국방·방산, 농업, 개발협력, 문화·인적교류 등 분야의 실질협력 강화 방안을 폭넓게 논의할 예정이며, 필리핀 군 현대화 등 방산협력에 대해서도 의견을 교환할 예정이다. 문 대통령과 두테르테 대통령의 정상회담은 지난해 11월 아세안+3 정상회의 및 EAS(동아시아 정상회의) 참석차 문 대통령의 필리핀 방문에 이어 2번째이며, 앞서 다바오 시장 시절인 2014년 다바오 LRT 사업차 방한했으며, 2013년 로터리클럽 참석 등 3회를 방한했으나 2016년 6월 대통령 취임 후에는 첫 방한이며, 문 대통령 취임 후 한국을 방문하는 첫 아세안 국가 정상이기도 하다. 두테르테 대통령은 2박 3일간의 방한 기간 중 국립 서울현충원을 참배하고 한-필리핀 비즈니스 포럼과 푸드 페스티벌에 참석할 예정이다.