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Well, as a member of the cable-deprived, I didn't get to see the 1999 World Tae Kwon Do Championships, held in Edmonton, Canada this past June, until last week. But even after four months, the bouts were as exciting and action packed as could be. Televised on ESPN2 in the U.S., the tournament showcased the best tae kwon do stylists anywhere.
As I expected, the South Korean team dominated the standings, gathering 9 gold medals.
But Europe and the Middle East had a good turnout in the medal rounds, including the
Iran-Turkey men's middleweight final, and the Spanish women's 5 medals.
The tournament consisted of five days of sparring competition. ESPN2's coverage consisted mainly of final round matches, with particular focus on Team USA's bouts. Rules were the standard WTF tournament rules, requiring clean strikes to the torso or face to score points.
This competition really emphasized the fact that tae kwon do is truly a world sport. The Championships hosted 550 athletes from 66 countries around the world. Undoubtedly, many of these athletes will be the ones to watch in next year's Summer Olympics in Sydney.
That is, of course, if they make the cut. The TKD World Championships had 8 weight classes, allowing each country to field a fairly large team. However, Olympic TKD competition has only 4 weight classes. Each country will therefore have to pick the best of the best to represent them in the Y2K Olympics.
From my vantage point, watching the bouts on cable TV, one thing was clear: speed is everything. In each bout, first-strike reflexes racked up the winning points. In most weight classes, the ability to fire off quick attacks was often the deciding factor.
Here's the results of the championship matches:
(under 119 lbs)
(under 103.6 lbs)
|Gold||Byeong-Seok Min||Korea||Asencio Belen||Spain|
|Silver||Roberto Cruz||Philippines||Song-Hee Yoon||Korea|
|Bronze||Wei Chun Chen||Chinese Taipei||Kadriye Selimogou||Turkey|
|Bronze||July Mercedes||Dominican Republic||France Pouzoulet||France|
|Gold||Jong-Il Yoon||Korea||Shu Ju Chi||Chinese Taipei|
|Silver||Abror Haider||Denmark||Hye-Young Shim||Korea|
|Bronze||Nhat Thong Ho||Vietnam||Guiru Yuan||China|
|Bronze||Younes Sekkat||Morocco||Jennifer Delgado||Spain|
|Gold||Dae-Hyu Ko||Korea||Wang Su||China|
|Silver||Ahmet Evcimen||Turkey||Jae-Eun Jung||Korea|
|Bronze||Mark Lopez||USA||Mei Chun Meng||Chinese Taipei|
|Bronze||Ron Ivan||Spain||Christina Bach||Switzerland|
|Gold||Hyun-Goo No||Korea||Hae-Eun Kang||Korea|
|Silver||Jesper Roesen||Denmark||Iridia Salazar Blanco||Mexico|
|Bronze||Wenjin Dong||Chinese Taipei||Gael Texier||Canada|
|Bronze||Zas Franscisco||Spain||Reyes Sonia||Spain|
|Silver||Byung-Uk Kim||Korea||Hui Jing Zhang||China|
|Bronze||Rosendo Alonso||Spain||Ekaterina Noskova||Russia|
|Bronze||Sergio Cardenas||Chile||Lisa O'Keefe||Australia|
|Gold||Jong-O Jang||Korea||Elena Benitez||Spain|
|Silver||Bahri Tanrikulu||Turkey||Mirjam Muskens||Netherlands|
|Bronze||Rodriguez Martina Huert||Mexico||Wan Chen Chang||Chinese Taipei|
|Bronze||Joshua Coleman||USA||Barbara Pak||Canada|
|Gold||M. Aflakikhamseh||Iran||Yoon-Kyung Kim||Korea|
|Silver||Yasin Yagiz||Turkey||Lallana Ibone||Spain|
|Bronze||Faissal Ebnoutalib||Germany||Zhong Chen||China|
|Bronze||Saginolykov Adikham||Kazakhstan||Filiz Nur Aydin||Turkey|
(over 185.2 lbs)
(over 158.7 lbs)
|Gold||Dae-Sung Moon||Korea||Ching Yi Kao||Chinese Taipei|
|Silver||Mictar Dounbia||France||Dominique Bosshart||Canada|
|Bronze||Daniel Trenton||Australia||Maria Koniahina||Russia|
|Bronze||Montesinos Ruben||Spain||Laurence Rase||Belgium|
In the men's competition, Korea came out on top in team standings with 95 points, followed by Iran with 43 points and Turkey with 38 points.
In the women's competition, Korea led with 70 points, followed by Spain with 51 points and Chinese Taipei with 47 points.
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