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   (Antalya, 2 April 2019) - The 14th European Poomsae Championships were launched in success in the fully crowded sports hall of Kemer region; the greater area of Antalya in Turkey.  During the first competition day, the athletes competed in the categories of Recognized Poomsae for Individual Male and Female Under 30, Under 50 and Under 65, Pair Cadets and Freestyle Poomsae Male and Female Junior, Pair and Male and Female Team.

       Denmark's Eva Sandersen kept up her excellent performance and proved as the 'gold' girl of the day by achieving two gold medals, one in Recognized Poomsae Individual Female Under 30 and one in Freestyle Individual Female Over 17, leading the Denmark National Poomsae Team at the top of the medal standings of the day. Nevertheles, Denmark's overall medal collection for the first day was higher, with one more gold medal in Team Junior Male category by Bastian Thinggaard Byrgesen, Nikolaj Mynderup Amby and Victor Frisch Schultz and one silver in the Individual Under 30 category.

      The National teams of Spain and Germany were not left far behind with 11 bronze and one gold medal in Pair cadets for Spain, while Germany ended the day with one gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze medals. Russia left with two medals - both gold - in the Freestyle Over 17 Male with Sergei Slepich and Recognized Poomsae Individual Under 65 Female with Svetlana Selezneva.

      The host Turkey achieved its only gold acquisition in the Team Junior Female Category with Seyda Nur Yavuz, Nagihan Besleme and Sila Ozden, and completed with 3 additional silver and one bronze medals. Great Britain made also a triumphant debut, with one gold medal in the Individual Under 65 category by Ali Pourtaheri, one silver and two bronze medals.

      Last but not least, Netherlands' Joel Van Der Weide preserved his European Poomsae Champion title by winning the gold medal. The National Poomsae Team of France and Ukraine were among the teams achieving one gold medal, while the rest of the medals were awarded to the National teams of Italy, Norway, Finland, Portugal, Greece, and Switzerland.

In total 541 athletes will compete throughout the three days of the championship representing 26 countries of Europe.

The results and the medallists of the competition day 1 are the following:

Recognized Poomsae Individual

Recognized Poomsae Pair

Recognized Poomsae Team

Freestyle Poomsae

 

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