[By NBC-1TV H. J Yook]BAKU, Azerbaijan (Dec. 10, 2015) - On the second day of the 2016 WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final, two gold medals were won by Great Britain and one each by Iran and Korea. Silvers went to fighters from Egypt, Russia, China and Belgium. Two bronzes were won by Russia, and one each by Korea and USA. And on a special note, the final match of the category saw what may be, in the fullness of time, be seen as one of the great all-time taekwondo matches.
The final day of the two-day event at the Sarhadchi Olympic Sports Complex in Baku saw two male and two female Olympic weight categories being contested. The Grand Prix final pitted 118 athletes from 41 nations against each other for medals,
prize money and early ranking points ahead of the 2017 fighting season.
The overall winners of the 2016 Grand Prix Final were Great Britain in first place, Korea in second place, and Iran and Azerbaijan tied for third.
In the first semi-final of the evening, Jade “The Headhunter” Jones of Great Britain demolished an overmatched Ah-Reum Lee of Korea, 12-0, with a mixture of technique, conditioning and shear venom. Hedaya Malak of Egypt took out Rachelle
Booth of Great Britain in a well-matched fight that ended 3-1 to Malak.
So: It would be a Jones or Malak for the gold.
Round 1 started with movement, kicks and war cries as both fighters commenced at a fast tempo, though Jones looked meaner and more aggressive, dropping Malak to the deck with both an ax kick and a back kick. Though neither kick scored, Jones
picked up a point for Malak’s two falls, ending the round 1-0.
In the second, Jones piled on the pressure, forcing Malak off the mats and trying to score with kicks up-close, but Hedaya covered well. After a head-kick appeal by Jones’ coach failed, Malak took a more aggressive approach: The two engaged in
messy flurries as they battled to control the center of the mats. In the dying seconds of the round, Jones landed a tight, in-close spinning back kick that lifted her score 4-0.
In the final round, Malak came out attacking strongly, but Jones was having none of it and returned fire with venom. Jones kept trying her famed head kick while pushing back against all pressure from the Egyptian. The Briton’s conditioning and work rate
were phenomenal; Malak was simply unable to penetrate through Jone’s constant bombardment. An ax kick shook Malak, which Jones followed by a spinning kick.
Then it was over: A formidable, 7-0 victory to “The Headhunter” who has taken her first, formidable step on the path to Tokyo 2020. Malak’s silver was well deserved.
In a contentious bronze match marked by kick blocking and close-ranges clashes, Lee – perhaps thirsty for revenge after her drubbing at the feat of Jones - beat Jones’ team-mate Booth, 4-2, for the medal.
The first semi-final of the category was a civil war that pitted Roman Kuznetsov of Russia against compatriot Vladislav Larin; Larin took the fiercely-fought bout 10-8. In the second semi-final, Rio silver medalist Abdoul Issoufou of Niger was taken out in a fiercely fought battle by Sajjad Mardani of Iran, 7-6 – leaving Larin and Madani to contest the gold.
Mardani looking stylish and catlike from the outset, and scored with a punch almost immediately. Next, he unleashed a flurry of ax kicks which Larin covered well as both lads fought to control the center of the ring. Larin raised an ax; Mardani stuffed it by moving in and body checking. The feeling-out round ended 1-0 to the Iranian. In Round 2, Larin looked more aggressive and seized a point with a check kick to the body that shook Mardani. Mardan shot back with a punch and a crescent kick to the head, then a powerful round kick to the head and a serial attack that drove Larin backward. The Iranian fans started cheering, as Mardani grabbed another point to the body.
In Round 3, the fight could go either way. For the first time on the evening, the crowd started roaring. Mardani tried punch-round kick combinations. Larin shot back and Mardani could be seen acknowledging his opponent’s attacks. With one minute left on the clock, Mardani was 3-1. The Russian looked set to go into an all-out attack, but Mardani, unfazed, checked his offensive and picked up another point after Larin fell, raising his score to 4-1.
Fifteen seconds remained as Mardani moved in close, leaving Larin with no space to kick. But there were still drama to be played out. In the last three seconds Larin attacked, Mardani backpedaled out of the area and the Russian picked up a point to take the scoring to 2-4. Now two seconds remained. An appeal by the Russian coach provided a break from the action and the Russian and Iranian supporters in the crowd roared. The appeal was rejected. The fighters replaced their mouth guards, buckled on their head protectors and stepped up to the mark. The last two seconds were in play. Larin surged forward. Mardani kicked and retreated. And that was it. The battle ended 4-3 to the Iranian, leaving Larin with silver.
In the bronze medal match, Kuznetsov fought a very smart, mobile game against Issoufou. The towering Rio silver medalist from Niger, looked slow and uninspired throughout; the Russian took the bronze with a 2-1 victory.
In the first semi-final, the towering Shuyin Zheng of China, the gold medalist in Rio, defeated Briseida Acosta of Mexico with a head kick in golden point. Rio bronze medalist Bianca Walkden of Great Britain scored an 8-4 victory over Team USA’s
Jackie Galloway in a match marked by determined techniques from both fighters. The gold, then, would be won by either the Chinese or the Briton.
Round 1 started. Walkden was giving a slight height advantage to Zheng, but looked more determined, unwilling to let the Chinese girl dominate the center of the mats. Both looked nervy and tense; both were fighting to win. Neither managed to connect, however, and the first ended 0-0. As the second got underway, Walkden tried to cut under Zheng’s long, long legs – no score. After that flurry, she unleashed a very fast ax kick to Zheng’s face, going 3-0 up. Walkden was clearly more mobile, firing combination attacks, while Zheng was more passive, relying on single techniques. The round ended 3-0 to the Briton, but against someone who is as dangerous with head kicks as Zhang, three points is not a comfortable margin.
In the third, Zheng came out looking more aggressively, surprising Walkden. The British fighter weathered the storm but picked up a warning for holding. Zheng’s machine-gun offensive, however, was very different from her customary game of sniper-like kicks fired from a stable stance. The Chinese athlete managed to claw back one point and as the seconds counted down, Zheng spun but did not kick; she was looking frustrated if not desperate. In the last 10 seconds, Walkden checked her opponent’s onrush with a side kick and defeated the Olympic gold medalist, 3-1, taking the gold and leaving Zheng with silver.
In the bronze match, Galloway beat Acosta for the medal, 1-0.
The male -68kg is arguably the most competitive category in the game and the first semi was no disappointment: In one of the fiercest matches of the evening, Dae-hoon Lee of Korea took out Konstantin Minin of Russia, 2-1. In another very exciting match, the crowd-pleasing Alexey Denisenko of Russia was beaten by the very fast, very lively and very smart Jaouad Achab of Belgium, 5-4, in a match marked by tactical face offs interspersed by flurries of fast ‘n furious techniques.
The gold would be contested by Lee and Achab, two fighters who both know and respect each other. They are both excellent technicians with wide arsenals. While Lee has the height advantage, Achab is faster. From the opening bell, Lee got straight down to business with a lightning ax kick that Achab did well to bob away from. The Belgian countered with a running barrage of multiple round kicks, then tapped first blood with a twist kick to Lee’s body, going 1-0 up. In the round’s dying seconds, Lee evened the score at close range, 1-1.
As the second got underway, Achab surged across the area with a round kick attack to the head, then a blitzkrieg of ax kicks and round kicks that drove Lee off the mats. Some superb techniques were on display as Lee counter-attacked; this match was simply too close to call. Lee scored to the body and Achab, in a remarkable show of sportsmanship, clapped it as the score went 2-1. Round 2 ended with Lee ahead.
In the third, Achab fired an awesome high kick, Lee stumbled, and Achab’s coach appealed. It was rejected. Action resumed with yet another combination attack by Achab - multiple spins and a final back kick the drove Lee out of the area and evelled the score to 2-2. Achab followed that with a burst of round kicks that failed to score. Achab again stabbed forward as the clock counted down the last 30 seconds. Achab scored with a punch, 3-2; Lee returned fire with a kick to the body, leveling the score, 3-3. Ten seconds remained. In a flurry of techniques that were too fast to call, the board went to 4-3, then 5-3 to Lee. The Korean won the gold, the Belgian the silver, but the real winners were the crowd, who had witnessed a duel of masters wielding speed and technique in a kaleidoscope of taekwondo.
“That was very exciting, very fast, very even!” enthused WTF Technical Committee Chairman Jung Kook-hyun, who had watched from ringside. “Until the finish, who knew who would win? Very dramatic!”
The bronze medal match was the second Russian civil war of the evening as Minin took on Denisenko. The fight was lackluster for the first two rounds, but heated up in the last seconds – and went to golden point. Minin won the point and the bronze.
The day’s fights concluded the two-day Grand Prix Final. However, taekwondo’s end-of-year run in Azerbaijan is not over yet. On the 11th, the global taekwondo family honors its top players at the 3rd annual Gala Awards and the calendar in Baku wraps up with the two-day World Taekwondo Team Championships, which end on the 13th.
[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.