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The spectacular London World Taekwondo Grand Prix 2017 took place during the dates 20-22 October and was staged at the London 2012 Olympic Venue, the Copper Box Arena.

 

The elite event was fascinated by more than 200 athletes out of 56 countries among with one refugee team. The tournament also attracted international media and general public and thus it had a live broadcasting, including the BBC, in 90 countries around the world .

 

Great Britain during the three-day event benefited by the home atmosphere and climbed on the top place of the medal standings with three (3) gold medals while Jordan, Korea, Russia, Thailand and Côte d’Ivoire all won one gold medal.

 

The World Taekwondo Europe athletes achieved 19 medals out of the total of 32. In detail, in the seniors female -67kg category, Williams Lauren (GBR) and Jelic Matea (CRO) won the first and third places respectively. The double Olympic Champion Jade Jones and the World Champion and bronze Olympic medalist Walkden Bianca representing Great Britain, lead their categories (-57kg and +67kg) and achieved the top places. The “Headhunter” secured her first major title of 2017 while Walkden won her third Grand Prix of the year in London.

 

Kudashova Tatiana of Russia and Adamkiewicz Patrycja from Poland shared the third places on the winners ‘podium for the -57 weight category and Kowalczuk Aleksandra representing Poland celebrated the silver medal in the +67 kg category.

 

In the seniors female -49kg the silver Olympic medalist from Serbia Bogdanovic Tijana achieved the second place and in the same weight category Yildirim Rykiye of Turkey won the bronze medal.

 

Russia achieved 5 medals in total and the four of them were attained in male categories. Beginning with, Artamonov Mikhail was the gold one in -58kg category while Aiukaev Rafail (+80kg) and Khramtcov Maksim (-80kg) both won silver medals.

 

The bronze male place of Russia was reached by Denisenko Alexey in -68kg while Sinden Bradly of GBR and the Olympic Champion London 2012 Gonzalez Bonilla Joel from Spain won the silver and bronze medals respectively on the relevant podium.

 

Cho Mahama (GBR), Tortosa Cabrera Jesus and Martinez Garcia Raul of Spain among with Cook Aaron representing Moldova won third places in +80kg, -58kg and -80 kg categories.

 

Source: World Taekwondo 

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