Lenn Hypolite From Trinidad and Tobago Grabbed Gold

Trinidad and Tobago’s Lenn Hypolite, fresh off his silver medal at the US Open in February, grabbed gold in the men’s welterweight division, at the Canada Open taekwondo tournament in Toronto, last week.

2013-05-08_654x_Trinidad_and_TobagoHypolite won his first match 7-1 against Mamadou Bassirou Thiam of Senegal. This was followed by a 7-2 win over Craig Brown of Jamaica in the quarterfinal round, and a 10-0 dismantling of seasoned French international Bata Augustin in the semis.


In the final, Hypolite had a tense match against Juan Sanchez of Puerto Rico, which was tied 2-2 after regular time. The T&T taekwondoist then took control and won the match 1-0 in sudden death overtime to claim a well-deserved gold medal.


Before the tournament, Hypolite was at number 56 in the world rankings in his weight class, but it is clear he will have added to his reputation as well as his ranking with his performance and the points earned in Toronto.


For the Canada Open, Hypolite linked up successfully in Toronto with Masters Fabio Takahashi and Daniel Chuang, of Boston, USA.


Hypolite is fine-tuning for the July 15-21 World Championships, in Puebla, Mexico.


Hypolite has been preparing for Worlds, along with T&T teammates Dorian Alexander (ranked No.160), Maxima Ahishar and Amelia Corbie (ranked No.154), at West Side Taekwondo in New York, USA, where the group is coached by Masters Sung Chul Whang, Jun Chul Whang and former T&T Olympian Chinedum Osuji.




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