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Korea Wins Overall Title at the 8th World Poomsae Championships in Bali

Korea won seven gold medals and four silver medals for the overall title at the 8th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships, which concluded in Bali, Indonesia on 3 November, 2013. In the overall medal tally, Vietnam clinched three golds, three silvers and five bronzes for the second place, followed by the Philippines with three golds, two silvers and one bronze.



According to official WTF website, Iran came next as it took home two golds, four silvers and five bronzes, while the United States earned two golds, one silver and four bronzes for the fifth place.  A total of 21 countries took home at least one medal at the four-day Bali championships. A total of 439 athletes from 49 countries competed for 25 gold medals up for grabs at the championships. Fifty poomsae international referees officiated at the championships.

Thailand won two golds and four bronzes, while Spain clinched two golds and two bronzes. Canada and Germany came next with one gold, two silvers and one bronze each. Host Indonesia and Chinese Taipei took one gold, one silver and five bronzes each.

The championships’ male MVP went to Vietnam’s Nguyen Dinh Toan, while Korea’s Su-ji Kang was named the female MVP. The Good Fighting Spirit Award went to Malaysia, while New Zealand earned the Active Participation Award. Vietnam’s Le Minh Khuong and Korea’s Jae-ro Ahn were named best referees of the championships. Five international referees were named best referees of the championships. They are Indonesia’s Acen Tanuwijaya, Vietnam’s Huy Thanh Nguyen, Germany’s Noor Muhammad Shirali, Egypt’s Ahmad Saied Ahmed, and Aruba’s Ms. Maria de Lourdes de Veer.

On the fourth and final day of competition at the Bali championships, Vietnam clinched two gold medals and one silver, while Korea won two golds. The Philippines and Iran took home one gold, one silver, and one bronze each. Thailand grabbed one gold medal. Germany took two silvers, while Mexico won one silver and one bronze medal. The United States won three bronze medals, while Turkey, Chinese Taipei and Indonesia clinched two bronzes each. China and Canada took one bronze each.








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