[By NBC-1TV H. J Yook]BURNABY, Canada (Nov. 19, 2016) – Russia, Turkey, Korea and host country Canada all struck gold on the penultimate day of the five-day 2016 WTF World Taekwondo Junior Championships.
Medals were up for grabs in the female -59kg, male -68kg, female -63kg and male -73kg categories in Burnaby’s Bill Copeland Sports Center.
On Day 4, the cheerleading was in full swing, with many teams having appropriated the chant pioneered by Chinese Taipei and altered for their own purposes: “Let’s go (add nation here) - let’s go!” Many had also got hold of thundersticks, or were using kicking paddles for the same effect. Once the matches got underway, “noisy” just does not describe it.
The final of the female -59kg category saw local favorite Skylar Park of Canada – coached by her father, who was coached in turn by her grandfather - go into battle against the smaller Yen Hsin Yeh of Chinese Taipei Almost at the opening bell, the hometown girl went one up with a body kick, prompting a fierce firefight as Yeh fought back. But it was Park who extended her lead to 2-0, then 3-0 - the last with a thwacking round kick to the body that drew cheers. Some messy clinchwork followed before regular action resumed. Both girls then fired a series of head shots. The Taiwanese coach video appealed a head shot - to no avail. The round ended 3-0 to Park. In the second, Park again wasted no time, scoring with a fast head kick - then another - before tumbling to the mats after Yeh connected with a head kick of her own, and the board surged to 12-3.
But the Taiwanese lasso was still in the fight. She counterattacked, but it was the Canadian fighter who landed yet another head kick. By now, she was looking very, very dominant. A break in the torrid action was called, with the bout at 15-4 as Park’s torso armour was re-secured. Park landed a picture-perfect side kick that did not register on the PSS, then was forced out of the ring. Both girls clinched and then fired head kicks, the two fighters’ techniques almost cancelling each other out. Park’s technical mastery and excellence of technique were evident – she scored with a side kick from the extreme close range. The round ended 16-5.
As the bell rang on round three, Yeh had everything to fight for. Both girls were now fighting using the entire ring, Park again unleashing a textbook side kick. Yeh landed an out-of-nowhere head kick, raising her score to 8-16. There was a brief slowdown – the prior tempo had been too fast - then Park’s cut kicks scored again for 17-8. By now, Yeh was looking desperate. She hopped across the floor, flicking our leading leg on the high line, hunting Park’s head; the Canadian did well to evade. Then - suddenly - it was all over: The Canadian impacted with a head kick that gave her the victory on a 20-8 point difference. She bowed to the crowd, hugged her coach/dad, then dashed to the stands, grabbed a national flag and stormed back onto the stage - where a duo of beaming Mounties, in full dress uniform, joined her for an impromptu (and unscheduled) victory celebration.
Yeh took silver, while Elizaveta Federova of Russia and Aysenur Ozcan of Turkey won bronzes.
The finals of the male -68kg saw the impressive Kostiantyn Kostenevych of Ukraine, who had won his semi-final match by 12-point difference, take on Sarmat Tcacoev of Russia. The first round started fast, with both lads probing with kicks high and low, while the Russian and Ukrainian supporters roared from opposite sides of the stands. Both scored almost simultaneously - a body kick and a punch - to go 1-1. The two then scored again in a flurry of shots; the round ended 6-5 to Tcacoev. The second started at similarly high speed, the Russian scoring with a big overhand punch to go 7-5 up, then, in a fierce duel of multiple techniques, extended his score to 9-5. Kostenevych hit back, taking his points to 8-9, prosecuting attacks with real determination and not taking a step back. The Russian coach asked for a video replay: Denied. But immediately after the break, Tcacoev struck with a beautiful step side kick to the body, taking the board to 10-9 in his favor. In Round 3, the match’s seesaw quality continued, as the Ukrainian returned fire to take the board to 11-11. With just over a minute remaining, Kostenevych seized the lead, going 12-11 up with a cut kick to the body - but not for long as Tcacoev evened the score to 12-12. The Ukrainian stumbled and it was 13-12. Just half a minute remained. The Russian scored again to the body, going 14-12 up, then 15-12 up. And that was it. The high score was a fitting end to a very tight, hard-fought bout. In recent elite-level international competitions, unlucky Russia has all too often been an also-ran - consistently winning silvers and bronzes, but not golds. Tonight Tcacoev delivered the long-awaited gold. And Kostenevych had nothing to be ashamed of, taking silver in a very close fight that could have gone either way.
Bronzes were shared by Aliaskar Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Ferhat Muhammet Saroglu of Turkey
In the female -63kg final, Seyma Sogut of Turkey did battle with Margarita Blizniakova of Russia. In common with the fast pace of earlier matches, the Turk scored almost immediately with an arcing ax to the head for 3-0. Blizniakova returned fire with a body kick, winning one point. A video replay request was denied to the Turk. Both dueled fiercely before the Turk raised her leg and not so much kicked as planted it squarely on Sogut’s face, going 6-1 up. The Russian fought back but Sogut blocked a powerful arcing kick to her head, ending the round 6-1. The second round was a change of pace, featuring largely desultory attacks – though the Russian clawed back a single point to 2-6. It was almost as if both fighters were saving up for the third and final round. The second ended 6-2 to Sogut.
In the third, the taller Turk stood fast, letting the Russian attack her and not giving an inch. Blizniakova kicks just not make the height against her taller opponent. Then, in a flurry of techniques, the Russian lost her head gear. Sogut landed another head kick; then, within seconds, another, the yet another head kick, all in the space of seconds. five seconds For the second match of the evening, a final had ended on point difference, 16-2. In tears, the Turk stood to attention, saluted her crowd in the stands.
Blizniakova took silver, while Nadja Savkovic of Serbia and Parisia Javadi Kouchaksarei of Iran won bronzes.
The finals in the male -73kg class pitted Seung-min Lee of Korea, who had won his semi-final match on point gap, against Sergey Karnuta of Russia - who had also won his semi-final on point gap. All fights tonight had started fast with the athletes not bothering with probing attacks but going straight for the kill. And so it proved again. Lee scored 3-0 almost immediately, but Karnuta responded fast with a kick to the body for one point. The match then degenerated into messy clinching. The Russian was trying to score with side kicks, but the Korean scored with a crescent kick to the head in the clinch, going up 6-1. But as action resumed, the Russian manoeuvered the Korean to the edge of the mats and landed his own arcing head kick. Round 1 ended 6-4 to Lee.
In the second, the two clinched again with Lee trying to land his trademark crescent kick at ultra-close range. This was the pattern of the fight: Clearly the Russian had the advantage at range, Lee up close. Karnuta raised his score to 5-6 with around kick to Lee’s body. Keeping his knee high and threating with his round kick, he forced Lee to back pedal - but in the clinch, Lee yet again landed his crescent kick to the rear of the Russian’s headguard. The second ended 12-8 to Lee.
In Round 3. Lee raised his points to 13-8, but then the Russian landed to the head, lifting his points to 11. The pattern continued: Karnuta forced Lee back, Lee went to the clinch. Although both lads were looking tired, the Korean – yet again - landed a crescent kick in the clinch, taking the scoreboard to 16-11. The Russian crowd were by now audibly unhappy at Lee’s unsatisfying style. Karnuta, though tired, was still fighting back, taking his score up to 15, then to 16 – and once again the Korean drew ahead to 19 points when he needed to, via yet another crescent kick in the clinch; the Russian just seemed unable to deal with this tactic. And more, the trailing Russian fought back raising his score to 17. The pace was visibly slowing, with both looking exhausted. With just ten seconds remaining, the Russian upped his pace and actually grabbing the lead but – just when he needed it – the Korean scored with a head kick. Despite a last-second video-replay request from the Russian coach – denied - he took the match and the gold, 22-21. Lee had showcased a messy but effective style and had demonstrated a clear ability to win points just when he needed them. Karnuta, meanwhile, had fought well and deserved every ounce of his silver medal after a very exciting match.
Bronzes went to Zachary Hiebert of Canada and Ayoub El Yaqini of Morocco. Action resumes in the Bill Copeland Sports Center on Day 5, the last day of the championships, tomorrow.
[NBC-1TV 구본환 기자] 리우올림픽 금메달리스트 김소희(한국가스공사)가 9개월 만에 그랑프리시리즈 우승을 탈환했다. 2017-18 우시 월드태권도그랜드슬램챔피언스시리즈 우승 이후 아시아선수권 선발전과 아시안게임 선발전서 부진했던 김소희는 올해 첫 메이저 국제대회 1위에 올랐다. 이탈리아 로마 포로 이탈리코 경기장에서 열린 세계태권도연맹(WT) 로마월드태권도그랑프리시리즈Ⅰ 마지막 날인 3일(현지시각), 올림픽랭킹 2위 김소희가 여자 –49kg급서 우승을 차지하며 랭킹포인트 40점을 챙겼다. 김소희는 이날 첫 경기인 32강전서 한국인 이승욱 감독이 대표 팀을 맡은 일본의 야마다 미유를 상대로 고전을 거듭하며 19대 18, 1점차 신승을 거두고 16강에 진출했다. 16강과 8강전서 점차 경기력의 안정을 찾은 김소희는 준결승전서 심재영(고양시청)과 결승진출을 다퉜다. 두 선수의 준결승 경기는 심재영의 왼 무릎 부상이 재발하며 김소희가 다소 싱겁게 승리했다. 김소희는 1회전 오른발 몸통 연타 공격을 성공시키며 리드를 잡았고, 2회전에는 심재영의 오른발 머리 내려차기를 피해내며 몸통 공격을 연달아 성공시켜 승기를 굳혔다. 이어 3회전에서도 오른발 몸통 공격과 감점
[By NBC-1TV K. Y YI]ROME, Italy(June 2, 2018) - Russia claimed their second goldmedal, whilst Great Britain and Poland claimed their first on an exhilaratingsecond day of action in Rome, which threw up some shock results. Jade Jones of Great Britain claimed herseventh World Taekwondo Grand Prix by winning gold in the women’s -57kg, MikhailArtamonov of Russia added his second Grand Prix as he won gold in the men’s-58kg, whilst Aleksandra Kowalczuk of Poland won her first Grand Prix bywinning the women’s +67kg weight category. W-57kg The first final of the day sawpre-tournament favourite and R
[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.