[By NBC-1TV H. J Yook]The 7th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships kicked off with a bang with host Colombia, Canada, and the United States stealing the show on the first day of competition.
The first day saw the male and female under 17, the male and female over 59, the mixed pair over 29, and the men’s freestyle competing to be the world’s best. The host nation, after qualifying an athlete in all five finals of the day, found itself walking away with four medals; one gold, one silver, and two bronzes. Colombia’s Karen Suache Arias had fans on their feet as she dominated the finals of the female under 17 to grab the country’s first gold medal of the Championships.
All that competed in the men’s freestyle poomsae competition wowed the crowd, but it was Canada’s Charlie Chong that was leaps and bounds above his opponents. This year is the first time that freestyle poomsae is an official category of the WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships. Mexico’s Vaslav Ayala Talavera was a several 10ths behind Chong grabbing the silver with China’s Luo Qiusheng and Colombia’s Leandro Rodriguez both won bronze.
The Championships’ oldest and youngest competitors both found themselves on the medal podium with a bronze medal each. Fourteen-year-old Isaac Velez Castano of Colombia grabbed his nation’s first medal of the day. Kyu Kyun Lee, the renowned 66-year-old Grandmaster of Korea, had all eyes set upon him as his former students watched in awe at his precision and grace. Spain’s Jeong Cheol Kim was the one who stood atop the podium with the gold in the male over 59 category as Colombia’s Oscar Pasada Rios taking the silver and Chinese Taipei’s Chen Huo Shih sharing the silver with Grandmaster Lee.
Korea finished equal to host Colombia in the medal count with one gold, one silver, and two bronzes. In addition to Lee, male over 59, Hyen Min Lee wore gold around his neck in the male under 17, while So Hee Kang donned bronze in the female under 17 competitions.
The United States also had huge day as they took two gold medals and the top award for the first WTF Freestyle Poomsae Video Contest. Noreen Thakrey displayed her mastery by attaining the gold in the women’s over 59, and the dynamic duo of Jason Hwang and Young A Kim impressively achieving gold medal status in the pair over 29.
Ahn Nguyen took top honors in the 1st WTF Freestyle Poomsae Video Contest with his impressive solo performance submission. The contest was to promote and stir enthusiasm for the new freestyle categories of the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships.
A busy Day 2 awaits the nations and competitors as they both men and women prepare to compete in under 29, under 49, and under 59 divisions. The second edition of the freestyle competitions will also be under way as the ladies take their turn.
[NBC-1TV 박승훈 기자]이종철 미국 뉴저지 팰리세이즈팍 부시장이 타운의회에서 시의장으로 재선출돼 팰팍 타운에서 부시장과 시의장을 겸직하게 됐다. 팰팍 타운의회는 6일 이 부시장의 시의장 임명안을 표결에 부쳐 만장일치로 선임했다. 이 부시장은 지난 2012년에도 시의장직을 수행한 바 있다. 팰팍 시의장은 1년 임기로 타운의회를 이끄는 최고 의사 결정권자로 시장이 공석 등으로 업무를 수행하지 못할 경우 시장 권한대행을 할 수 있다. 한편 이 부시장은 일본군 위안부 기념비를 팰팍시에 세계 최초로 설치했으며, 공립학교에 한글을 제2외국어로 지정하고 한식을 공립학교에 점심 급식으로 제공하는 추진력을 발휘했으며, 팰팍 중심도로에 Korea Way 설치에도 발벗고 나섰다.
[By NBC-1TV K, Y Yi]WUXI, China (Jan 6, 2018) – A highly entertaining second Saturday of the super-elite World Taekwondo (WT) Grand Slam 2017/18 series, which pits the best twelve athletes in each Olympic weight category against each other, took place today, with athletes competing in the Female -67kg and male -68kg categories. In the unpredictable female competition, third seed Ruth Gbagbi of Cote d’Ivoire came out on top after impressively defeating dark horse YunfeiGuo of Team China in the final by 10:6. The Rio 2016 bronze medallist has been in excellent form recently and her fearsome, al
[By NBC-1TV K, Y Yi]WUXI, China (28 Dec. 2017) – Two days before the inaugural edition of the Wuxi 2017 World Taekwondo Grand Slam Champions Series kicks off on Saturday, the WT’s finest athletes and senior officials got their first look at the bespoke venue at a press conference held in the Wuxi Taihu International Expo Center in Wuxi, China. The Grand Slam Series – to be held over five consecutive Saturdays in this city in eastern China–will be fought under amended rules designed to upgrade the sport’s spectacle, and offers the biggest prize money in taekwondo history: USD70,000 for first p
[NBC-1TV 이경찬 기자]문재인 대통령은 2일 오전 국립서울현충원 참배로 새해 첫 공식일정을 시작했다. 문 대통령은 이날 오전 8시 이낙연 국무총리와 김동연 경제부총리, 김상곤 사회부총리, 김부겸 행정안전부 장관을 비롯한 각 국무위원, 임종석 대통령 비서실장 등 20여 명과 함께 현충원을 찾아 현충탑에 헌화하고, 순국선열과 호국영령의 넋을 기렸다. 현충탑에 도착한 문 대통령은 '대통령 문재인'이라고 적힌 화환을 순국선열과 호국영령에게 헌화한 후 분향·묵념했다. 한편 이 총리와 각 국무위원은 미리 현충원에 도착해 문 대통령을 영접했다.
[NBC-1TV 이광윤 보도국장]문재인 대통령이 3박 4일의 중국 국빈방문 일정을 마치고 16일 늦은 밤 서울공항을 통해 귀국했다. 문 대통령의 이번 방문에서는 국빈의전에 심각한 민낯을 보인 중국측의 외교상 결례가 발생하여 양국이 앞으로 풀어야 할 과제가 남게 되었다. 문 대통령은 15일 충칭에 있는 대한민국 임시정부 청사를 방문하고 김구 선생의 흉상에 헌화한 후 독립 유공자 후손들을 만났다. 이어 현대지동차 충칭공장을 방문해 현장 근로자들을 격려하고 협력사 대표들을 만나 양국 경제협력의 가교가 되어달라고 당부했다.