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The European athletes successfully completed their participation to the outstanding World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Ivory Coast with excellent results and new records.

 

To begin with, Bianca Walkden of GBR claimed her fifth successive main title of the year with victory at the relevant event facing South Korea’s Da-Bin Lee in the final match, where the Olympic Bronze medallist won with 16-9 score.

 

World number one athlete from Liverpool, Bianca, had also won the previous three Grand Prix events, claimed the +67kg world title in June and became the first Taekwondo athlete international to win all four Grand Prix events in the same calendar year.

 

Concerning her triumph, Bianca Walkden stated on BBC Sport: "I honestly can't believe I've done it and I'm pinching myself." Continuing, she added: "To win all four and the World Championships is hard to believe because I didn't think it was possible at the start of the year as they're the hardest events in taekwondo."

 

The “Headhunter” Jade Jones also secured her second World Taekwondo Grand Prix title with a leading display in Ivory Coast.

 

The double Olympic champion, defeated Marta Calvo Gomez (ESP) in the final with score 26-7 and thus the Spanish athlete end up with the silver medal. The World number one in -57kg, after her victory stated on BBC Sport that It feels amazing to finish on a high.

 

The third place of the -57kg category was achieved by the Russian representative and World silver medalist Tatiana Kudashova.

 

Russia also celebrated victories and medals in men categories with Vladislav Larin climbing on the top place on the winners’ podium in the +80kg category and second places for Maksim Khramtcov and Silver Olympic medallist Alexey Denisenko in -80kg and -68kg respectively.

 

Jesus Tortosa Cabrera of Spain achieved the bronze medal in the -58kg category.

 

Consequently, Korea Great Britain and Russia were the top three countries respectively on the overall medal standings of the event.

 

 

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