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The city of Hammamet in Tunisia welcomed the World Taekwondo Junior Championships during the dates 09 - 13 April 2018.

 

The five-day event was attended by almost 1,000 athletes from 118 countries, which is a record number, who competed in 10 male and 10 female weight categories.

 

The young representatives of World Taekwondo Europe achieved to prevail during the global event. Totally, 38 of the 80 medals given were collected by European athletes who realized superb performances at the La Salle Couverte Hammamet and proved that the future of our sport will be even brighter.

 

Specifically, at the Juniors Female Overall Medal Standings Russia climbed on the top place, followed by Great Britain and Korea claimed the third place. Iran, Korea and Turkey were the top three countries in a row on the Juniors Male Overall Standings.

 

The gold medals held by WTE athletes are eight (8) in total, gained by Powell Aaliyah (weight division -46kg) and Smith Jordyn (weight division -44kg)  representing Great Britain, while Stevic Serdja (-59kg) and Bozanic Nadica (-63kg) won two gold for Serbia and first place for Azerbaijan in -63kg division by Aghayev Javad. Additionally, Atesli Emre Kutalis of Turkey took over the first place in +78kg category while Laurin Althea of France and Abebaio Kristina of Russia topped the Junior Women -68kg and +68kg weight categories respectively.

 

Moreover, eight (8) silver medals and twenty-two (22) third places were secured by European athletes during the extraordinary event.

 

Awards were also given to Andrey Ananchenko (RUS)and Vahid Abdollahi of (IRI) for the ‘Best Female Coach’ and ‘Best Male Coach’ one-to-one. For the MVP titles, Iran’s Hossein Lotfigoldmedallistin junior male -45kg categoryand Korea’s Mireu Kang goldmedallistin junior female -42kg categorywere awarded. ‘Best Female Referee’ awardwas claimed by Renata Crkvenac of Croatia and Abdelhak Chbibi of Belgium awardedthe ‘Best Male Referee’. ‘Active Participation Award’was won by the Indian team andthe ‘Good Fighting Spirit Award’ was claimed by Ethiopia.

 

The next meeting for the young Taekwondo practitioners will be in 2020 where the city of Sofia in Bulgaria will host the next edition of the World Taekwondo Junior Championships.

 

Results: http://www.worldtaekwondo.org/competition/wtf-world-junior-taekwondo-championships/11-2018/results/

 

Source: World Taekwondo

 

 

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