While the two-time World Champion had already competed in the Bantam (-63kg) division during the Spanish Open last May in Alicante, Spain, he has never done it in a WTF sanctioned event.
Joel Gonzalez won every competition in which he has participated since 2009 (when he won his first World title in Denmark) in the Fly division (-58 kg), but due to his height (1.85 meters) he has decided to give a break to his body from strict diets and work in the physical aspect in order to be stronger.
The 23-year-old athlete, born in Figueras, Catalunya, Spain, was awarded with the “Don Felipe de Bourbon Award” recognizing him as the best male athlete in Spain.
Joel began his career in Taekwondo at the family´s gym, and then he moved to the High Performance Centre of Murcia, and then move again to the High Performance Centre of San Cugat Del Valles in Barcelona, from that time he did not stop winning in the FLY (-58 kg) division. Among his titles, we can mention the most important:
World Champion 2009 – Copenhagen (Denmark)
European Champion 2010 – St. Petersburg (Russia)
2011 World Champion – Gyeongju (South Korea)
2012 European Champion – Manchester (United Kingdom)
Olympic Champion London 2012 – London (United Kingdom)
During World Taekwondo Championship to be held from July 15 in the Mexican city of Puebla, Joel will have new rivals in a different category and he must defeat them if he wants to retain his World Championship crown.
Let´s not forget that the Bantam division -63 kg, when adding points to the Olympic Ranking brings these points to the Feather -68 kg division, which will surely be Joel´s new division in the Olympic Circuit.
Claudio Aranda, Exclusive masTaekwondo.com