According the official WTF website, fans at the Palais des Sports venue, and those watching online, were treated to an excellent standard of taekwondo on an enthralling and tense climatic third day.
In the first of the day’s men’s quarter-finals, Mexico overcame a spirited display from Brazil, winning the match 24-21. (Read article: Mexico becomes Champion in the Team World Cup). Korea booked their place in the semi-finals shortly after, defeating the USA 17-11. In the other two quarter-finals, Russia beat Senegal 39-9 to continue their unbeaten record at the Championships and host nation, Cote d’Ivoire, managed to overcome China 17-15, in an extremely tense match. Up next, were the women’s semi-final matches between Korea and France, and Cote d’Ivoire and China. Korea maintained their 100% record and defeated France 17-13. China then took on Cote d’Ivoire and after an excellently contested match, came away with the win and a place in the final thanks to a 17-9 victory.
Fans had to wait until the afternoon to find out which teams were awarded the gold medals as athletes were given a break ahead of the men’s semi-finals and final and women’s final. After the break, Mexico took to the mat against Korea for the first men’s semi-final. There was very little between the two sides, but Mexico just edged it, winning 9-8. Russia took on Cote d’Ivoire in the second semi-final, but with the crowd spurring them on, Cote d’Ivoire won the match 17-16, much to the delight of the home fans. The women’s final was up first with an unbeaten Korean team taking on China.
The atmosphere was electric but despite a valiant effort from China the Korean side was too strong and won the match 12-9 to take the gold medal, leaving China with silver. Cote d’Ivore and France claimed joint bronze. The home crowd was hoping to see their men’s team take gold as Mexico and Cote d’Ivoire took to the mat for the men’s final. Fans were treated to an outstanding match which was a fitting reward for the superbly organised competition. But the hosts fell just short as Mexico took the top prize thanks to a 17-11 win leaving Cote d’Ivoire with silver and Korea and Russia with bronze. 170 athletes from 15 countries took part in the three-day Championships which were officiated by 82 qualified referees.