WTF – VLADIVOSTOK 20110

Russia, Spain, Mexico, Germany, Chinese Taipei, Korea Grab Gold on 2nd Day

Host Russia, Spain, Mexico, Germany, Chinese Taipei and Korea earned their respective country at least one gold medal on the second day of the 6th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Vladivostok, Russia on July 30, 2011.


About 570 athletes from 53 countries are attending the three-day annual World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships, which took place at the Olympiets sports complex.

On the second day competition, Korea took home two gold medals and one silver medal, while host Russia won one gold and one silver. Chinese Taipei won one gold and two bronze medals. Spain, Mexico, Germany grabbed one gold medal each.

Vietnam took home three silver medals on the second day competition, while China won one silver and one bronze medal. Iran won three bronze medals. Thailand, Belgium, Canada, the Philippines and Turkey clinched one bronze medal each.

After the awarding ceremony for the first day competition in the afternoon, there was a friendship poomsae contest for WTF member national association officials and WTF Council members, drawing a special attention from the jam-packed spectators and international media.

A total of seven gold medals were up for grabs on the second day of competition.

In the men’s individual 1st senior division, Korea’s Tae-sun Park won the gold medal, while the silver went to Vietnam’s Dinh Toan Nguyen. The bronze medals were shared by Iran’s Ali Nadalinajafabadi and Russia’s Vladimir Pegai.

In the women’s individual 1st senior category, Korea’s Su-ji Kang earned her country the gold medal, while the silver went to Vietnam’s Thi Le Kim Nguyen. Thailand’s PichChapha Tanakitcharoenpat and Spain’s Kim Kim Laura clinched the bronze medal each in the category.

In the men’s individual 2nd master division, those aged between 51 and 60, Korea’s Byoung-young Lim grabbed the gold medal, while Iran’s Hadi Torkashvand won the silver medal. The bronze went to Chinese Taipei’s Shuang-Hsia Chen and Russia’s Valeriy Evdokimov.

In the women’s individual 2nd master division, Mexico’s Carolina Martinez de Rodriguez won the gold medal, while Russia’s Natalia Volkova grabbed the silver medal. The bronze went to Belgium’s Vera Moens and Canada’s Shelley Vettese-Baert.

Singapore’s Sister Linda Sim participated in the women’s individual 2nd master division, in which she ranked 10th and failed to advance the next round. The 56-year-old Singaporean sister, who started taekwondo at the age of eight, drew a special attention from the jam-packed spectators and the international media.

In 2006, the Singaporean Taekwondo Federation started offering taekwondo lessons to children with cancer and other life-limiting conditions at the Assisi Hospice Children Day Care Center and Sister Linda Sim participated in the program as a coach. Through the program, those children coached by Sister Linda Sim participated in competitions, including the 1st Singapore National Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in 2007, in which the children won six gold medals, two silvers and one bronze.

“Taekwondo gives much hope to those children with cancer and other serious diseases,” Sister Linda Sim said. “For me, taekwondo is more than a martial art and competitive sport. It is a way of being, which has become a fabric of my life.”

Singaporean Sister Linda Sim Shows off Poomsae Techniques in Women’s 2nd Master Division of World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Russia.

In the 1st pair category, those aged between 14 and 35, Russia’s Stanislav Ligai and Julita Arkhipova teamed up to grab the gold medal, while the silver went to Vietnam’s Dinh Toan Nguyen and Minh Tu Nguyen. Chinese pair of Guang Jiang Hong and Yu Han Ji clinched the bronze medal together with the Philippines’ Vidal Marvin Gabriel and Shaneen Ched Sia.

In the men’s 2nd team category, those aged between 36 years and over, a German trio of Imke Turner, Kirsten Teren and Elvira Fuhrmann teamed up to clinch the gold medal. The silver went to the Russian trio of Khalida Vafina, Tatiana Parfenenko and Natalia Volkova. The Bronze went to the Chinese Taipei trio of Han-Wen Chang, Jui-Hsiang Tseng and Yi-Ling Liu, and Iran’s Kataki Mahnaz Mardani, Pirbazari Zahra Hadizadeh and Zahra Eftekhari.

In the women’s 2nd team category, the Chinese Taipei trio of Te-Ping Hou, Chuang-Tsung Liu and Ming-Ho Tien teamed up to clinch the gold medal, while a Chinese trio of Yi Yue Chen, Wei Dong Li and Liang Quan Zhong grabbed the silver medal. The bronze went to Iran’s Ali Barzegari, Ahmad Akhlaghi and Seyed Hassan Zahedi Haghighi Gilani, and Turkey’s Mustafa Yilmaz, Kemal Yilmaz and Temel Alper Hayri.

 

 

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