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Just the year before the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the World Taekwondo Championships reveal a clearer image of the athletes that will compete in the Olympic Games.

From 15-19 May 2019, the city of Manchester was home to this milestone World Taekwondo event of the year. The 2019 Manchester World Taekwondo Championships, marked the 24th World Taekwondo Championships and was held in Manchester Arena, attracting close to 1000 athletes from 150 countries all over the world.

The opening ceremony of the event which was realized for the first time in UK, took place during the first competition day, where the World Taekwondo demonstration team performed, World Taekwondo President Dr. Choue wished the competitors luck during his speech, while also a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between World Taekwondo and International Judo Federation, bringing the two parts working together to promote peace through sport.

In total 64 medals were awarded to the top participants of the event from overall 16 competition categories. European Taekwondo proved for one more time after Muju 2017 its dominance and supremacy among the continents, as the overall medal acquisition for Europe was 43.75%; almost half of the medals.

In detail, United Kingdom counted in total 3 gold and 1 bronze medals, Russia followed with 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals and Turkey with 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

Worth also to mention that Azerbaijan and Italy also claimed a gold medal, while also Spain stood out with 1 silver and 1 bronze medals, Greece with 1 silver, Croatia with 4 bronze and France with 2 bronze medals, while Belgium, Germany, Latvia and Portugal attained 1 bronze medal each.

The final team ranking for men finds Russia in the top 3 after South Korea and followed by China, while United Kingdom, Azerbaijan and Italy follow in the next 3 places.

In women, United Kingdom stood out in the top 3 after South Korea and China, while also Turkey, Croatia and Russia have also a place in the top 10 listing. and World Champions from countries within the European region and Croatia standing out in medals.

The world champions from the European region confirm the European MNAs’ work to develop the sport and is a fact that taekwondo athletes from counties of Europe are a major part of the World Taekwondo elite of athletes, acting as both ambassadors and figureheads of the sport worldwide.

After the World Taekwondo Championships, the G4 European Taekwondo Championships and the European Qualification Tournament and the European Senior Taekwondo Championships that will follow in 2019 and early 2020, will be the ones that will determine the taekwondo athletes that will represent Europe in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.



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