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WTE would like to inform you that according to the new WT competition rules, a random weigh-in will take place tomorrow morning (4 June). For this reason, all athletes must be at the Sports Hall at 07:30 am, as they may be randomly selected to pass the weigh again in the morning.

 

The Draws Day 2 :files/WTE Open Multi European Games/DRAWS_DAY_2_1ST_OPEN_MULTI_EUROPEAN_GAMES.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infortmation on Competition Day 1 and draw sheet (following)

 

- Competitions start at 09:00 (all days schedule)

 

- Duration of fights is according to the outline: 1.5 min x 3 Rds with 30'' break in between.

 

- The athletes already registered and missing out the weigh-in for Competition Day 1, can be present at the ad-hoc Weigh-in that will be realized on Sunday June 3 at the inside the venue area.

 

- Kindly find the draw sheet of the Competition Day 1 here

The first-ever World Taekwondo Grand Prix in La città eterna - the Eternal City, as Rome is known as, was inaugurated on Thursday May 31, 2018, . The Opening Ceremony was realized at the beautiful and famous Piazza di Spagna, blending the picturesque setting with taekwondo images. The World Taekwondo demonstration team initiated the event by throwing one more if their stunning performances, which dazed the audience and attracted the passengers nearby, evidently fascinated by the spectacle. The performance of the team mirrored yesterday’s historic demonstration in front of His Holiness Pope Francis in Vatican City.

Hundreds of onlookers were exposed to the art of Taekwondo and many more will have the oppotunity to watch the competitions during the next days. In detail, the competition kicks off today Friday June 1, in the multi-purpose sports complex, Foro Italico and will last for four-days overall.

The world taekwondo elites will be present, giving to the unique taekwondo event the glamour of taekwondo stars and the enchantment of the top-notch level competitions that will be realized.

With eyes on the prize, in total 256 male and female athletes representing 51 different countries will compete across eight weight categories, aiming to reach the top and claim the Grand-Prix champion title.

 

 

Earlier today (30/05) His Holiness Pope Francis honored the WT demonstration team’s significant performance in Vatican City with the message of peace through Taekwondo sport.

 

Two days prior the 2018 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 1 in Rome, the St Peter’s Square hosted a historic demonstration with an audience of thousands of people who gathered for Pope Francis’ General Audience.

 

Present at the momentous event was the WT President Dr. Chungwon Choue, the WTE President Sakis Pragalos among with the WTE Officials and Executive members, who enjoyed a powerful and highly symbolic demonstration by WT team, which ended with the team unfurling a banner with the message ‘peace is more precious than triumph’ in Italian.

 

His Holiness Pope Francis thanked the demonstration team since He has mentioned several times in the past the encouraging values that sport brings to the society.

 

 

One year ago, the WT President Dr. Chungwon Choue during his visit in Vatican City awarded an honorary 10th dan black belt to the Pope, who later expressed his interest in the humanitarian activities of the THF.

 

The WT Demonstration team will perform tomorrow also, during the Opening Ceremony at the Piazza di Spagna.

 

The first World Taekwondo Grand Prix of 2018 will take place in Rome during the dates 1-3 June.

 

Source: World Taekwondo 

 

Together with the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation, World Taekwondo Europe was planning to host a 10-day Taekwondo festival in which athletes from all age categories could participate in a range of different WTE events. Unfortunately, due to a very busy and tight schedule, the number of participants in some scheduled events are not sufficient to successfully execute competitions. In the poomsae divisions unfortunately very little interest was shown.

 

COMPENSATION

For those athletes and coaches who already booked their flights, World Taekwondo Europe will issue a voucher with a value of 200 euro. This voucher can be used by athletes to pay their entree fee at future WTE events and has a validity of 2 years. One of the following conditions has to be met to be eligible for the voucher:

 

Condition 1:

  • You have booked your flight ticket BEFORE the publication date of this news message, i.e. before 15 MAY 2018
  • Your event has been cancelled.
  • In this case you are eligible for a voucher.

 

Condition 2:

  • You have booked your flight ticket BEFORE the publication date of this news message, i.e. before 15 MAY 2018
  • Your event has been replaced to a time and date which does not fall within the period of stay within Bulgaria.

 

If you feel that your conditions are different and not covered within condition 1 and condition 2, please contact the WTE Office. All requests will examined and answered with a final decision.

 

NEW SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Therefore only the following events will be hosted:

 

3 – 4 June 2018:

Cadets Category

Under 21  Category

 

9 – 10 June 2018

Juniors Category

Seniors Category

 

10 June 2018

7th WTE European Open Para Taekwondo Championships

 

The deadline of registration is extended untill Sunday 27 May 2018. 

 

Updated Outline:

files/WTE Open Multi European Games/UPDATED_OULTINE_MULTI_2018.pdf

 

Updated Calendar:

files/WTE Open Multi European Games/UPDATED_CALENDAR_MULTI_2018.pdf

 

 

Kazan, 13 May 2018

 

The curtain of the 23rd WTE European Taekwondo Championships Kazan 2018 was dropped in a spectacular style.

 

Seeing Alexandra Kowlaschuk Alexandra becoming the new European Champion over Bianca’s category, Isaev Radik and Vladislav Larin to maintain their lead in their divisions and Nafia Kus to triumph for the first time in the -73kg, the future of European Championships seems to be even more exciting.

 

Beginning with the final that highlighted the last competition day, Alexandra Kowlaschuk of Poland outshone Great Britain’s Golden Girl Bianca Walkden with a stunning upset win. 

 

Leading from the first round the pole produced a perfect performance to claim her first major title.  Walkden to her credit gave it everything but, in the end, the young Polish Champion showed her class and desire to become the new queen of Europe. In the weekend of Eurovision, it was the Pole who was on song with an 11-9 win. 

 

The silver 2016 European medallist in +73kg category, Nafia Kus, switched division in Kazan 2018 and participated in the -73kg where in the semi-finals she beat the latest European Champion of the category Ivan Rados (CRO). As she came into the final mat with Arina Zhivotkova of Russia, the Turkish athlete realized a golden performance and climbed on the first place on the podium.

 

 

The Olympic Champion 2012 and World’s No1 Milica Mandic was defeated by Cecilia Castro of Spain in the quarterfinals with 9-10 score and in the next round the Spanish fighter lost by the division’s finalist Arina Zhivotkova.

 

Remained on the top of Europe

 

Vladislav Larin, World’s No1, defended his 2016 title and doubled his European titles earlier today in Kazan. The Russian fighter produced victorious performances and prevailed in -87kg division for one more time. The final match found him playing against World’s No4 Daniel Ros Gomez of Spain, who earlier won the latest World Champion Alexander Bachmann (GER).

 

The high-experienced Larin delivered in the finals a showcase of elevated taekwondo and with a 17-4 score, he celebrated the victory.

 

Radik Isaev (AZE) closed the WTE European Championships by defeating host nation favorite Roman Kuznetsov. 

The Olympic Champion Isaev had to draw on all his experience and skill to find a winning headshot in the last seconds. The spectacular fighter, originally from Russia, returned to be crowned European Champion for the second time in his career.  

 

Photo Credits: Murat Tahran / Denis Sekretev & Amandine Lauriol

 

The European athletes completed today their taekwondo trip, which lasted four days, in Kazan 2018 having collected priceless sports moments, experienced the participation of claiming the highest distinction within the continent and delivered to the public and themselves the topmost impressions.

 

Final Results:files/KAZAN 2018/MEDALLISTS_DAY4.pdf


Overall Medal Standings:

1.Russia (4 gold, 5 silver, 6 bronze)

2.Turkey (3 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze)

3.United Kingdom (3 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze)

 

Andrea Kafas

 

 

WTE European Seniors Championships Kazan 2018 – Day 4 Participating Divisions:

 

Female Categories: -73kg / +73kg

Male Categories: -87kg / +87kg

 

FEMALES -73kg

*PARTICIPATION:  17 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Iva Rados (CRO),2nd place: Milica Mandic (SRB) and 3rd places: Reshmie Ooogink (NED) & Petra Matijasevic (FYROM).

*HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Milica Mandic (SRB) – No1

*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Kus Nafia (TUR), Rados Iva (CRO), Pole Doris (CRO), Schneider Yanna (GER)

 

*WHAT WE WILL SEE: European representatives in this category, hold the highest places in the World Ranking list. Thus, in Montreux 2016 we had the chance to watch an elite final match between Milica Mandic Olympic Champion 2012 and Iva Rados, European Champion and World’s No3. Among them will be this year also participating and the silver European medallist 2017 Nafia Kus, who attained the second place in Montreux in +73kg. The fight for the gold will be exciting for the audience since the athletes that are targeting the first place will also have to face the World’s No7 Yanna Schneider (GER) and World’s No8 and bronze European Reshmie Oogink of Netherlands.

 

FEMALES +73kg

*PARTICIPATION: 14 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Bianca Walkden (GBR) 2nd place: Nafia Kus (TUR), and 3rd places: Olga Ivanona (RUS) & Rosana Simon Alamo (ESP)

*HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Bianca Walkden (GBR) – No1

*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Muzychka Olga (RUS), Borisova Ella (RUS), Brandl Lorena (GER), Giacomini Laura (ITA).

 

*WHAT WE WILL SEE: The ultimate player of the category Bianca Walkden will definitely defend her title as she always does, as she is incompatible with anything less than the gold one. The participations in Kazan also indicate most of the medallists of 2016 plus Ana Bajic World bronze medallist. Since the silver European medallist 2016 Nafia Kus switched category, then we will probably see a new name beside the favorites, climbing on the winners’ podium.

 

Males -87kg

*PARTICIPATION: 21 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Vladislav Larin (RUS) 2nd place: Armen Yeremyan (ARM) and 3rd places: Payam Ghobadi (AZE) & Drasko Jovanov (SRB)

*HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Vladislav Larin (RUS) – No1

*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Kamalov Rafael (RUS), Artal Year Antonio (ESP), Sari Muhammet (TUR), Zaharov Gleb (RUS)

 

*WHAT WE WILL SEE: Having seen the participations of this division, predictions can be easily done. Definitely, the World’s No1 Vladislav Larin is a favorite for doubling his gold European medals but the road to the podium won’t be easy. The podium places will be claimed by Lutalo Muhammad (GBR), two times Olympic medallist, the latest World Champion Alexander Bachmann of Germany, Daniel Ros Gomez (ESP) World’s No4 and Ivan Trajkovic World’s No5.

 

Males +87kg

*PARTICIPATION: 16 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Aman-Marshall Silla (BLR) 2nd place: Roman Kuznetsov (RUS) and 3rd places: Piotr Hatowski (POL) & Omar El Yazidi (FRA)

*HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Isaev Radic (AZE)– No2

*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Kuznetsov Roman (RUS), Miangue Yoann (FR), Kuznetcov Oleg (RUS)

 

*WHAT WE WILL SEE: The Olympic Champion Isaev Radic hasn’t achieved European title since Baku 2014. This time he is the favorite for the first place in a probably final match with World’s No5 Kuznetsov Roman. Roman, who achieved the bronze in World Championships in Muju, lost in the final in 2016 against Aman-Marshall Silla and left with the silver one. This year his target will be a different medal colour, having an advantage with his recently WT President’s Cup gold participation.

 

 

Kazan, 12 May 2018

 

The 2018 WTE European Taekwondo Championships count day 3 in the sport city of Kazan. The European athletes delivered delightful performances on the mat of the Sports Hall “Ak Bars” with upsets and surprises not be missed.

 

High-profile athletes with distinctions in Europeans during Montreux 2016, didn’t manage to be included in the medallists’ list when meanwhile others attained the prestigious European Champion title for first time in history.

 

A performance to remember

The action in -80kg division was enhanced by the latest World Champion Maksim Khramtcov (RUS) playing a semi-final against the bronze Olympic medallist World and European Champion Milad Beigi Harchegani (AZE). The Russian player, who lighted up the venue, took the victory over Milad with 21-9 and faced in the finals Aaron Cook (MDA). 

 

Unfortunately for Aaron, Maksim Khramtcov realized one of his topmost ever performances in his career and took over the match with the incredible 58-16 score and meanwhile created a unique celebrating atmosphere with the audience!

 

Aaron, the European Champion in 2014, fought bravely with his unusual style but Maksim Khramtcov seemed unbeatable with his extraordinary fighting skills, produced his maximum performance and took the sport to a new level with his intensity.

 

 

On-going, the year 2018 is certainly a creative one for Kanaet Toni. Being determined for gold since his participation recently in WT President’s Cup, the Croatian representative came into the mat of Kazan two weeks later of the event in Athens and showed from his first game that he is going to be the 2018 WTE Champion.

 

After his defeat in the final fight of Montreux, this year none of his opponents achieved to deter his unbeaten track. World’s No4 prevailed in the final fight against Muhammed Yildiz (TUR) and celebrated the top place on the podium with 19-10 score.  

 

 

 

A Deja Vu Final Match

Nur Tatar (TUR) and Lauren Williams (GBR) met in European final match for the second time in a row. Two years ago, in Montreux, the British fighter was the one who awarded the Champion title after a victory over the silver Olympic medallist from Turkey. In today’s final Nur Tatar came into the mat with confidence for the gold this time. She came ahead at the beginning of the match but after Lauren realized a thrilling upset performance and took the match just before the end with 14-11 and thus Kazan 2018 pointed her out as a double European Champion.

 

 

 

She the leader

Having the heading of the ultimate favorite for the gold today, Irem Yaman participated and topped her division -62kg for one more time. Irem of Turkey counts two European gold medals in the last two years. The World’s No1 proved one more time that she is the ultimate leader of her category.

 

In the final match, she came across with World’s No3 and silver World medallist Marta Calvo Gomez of Spain and without losing the match control at any time, realized a great performance and won with 8-1 final score. 

 

 

 

The final results: files/KAZAN 2018/WINNERS_DAY_3.pdf

 

Photo Credits: Murat Tahran

                      Denis Sekretev & Amandine Lauriol

 

 

 

Click the following link for the Draws of the last competing categories (13/05) in the 2018 WTE European Championships in Kazan:

files/KAZAN 2018/DRAWS_DAY_4.pdf

 

WTE European Seniors Championships Kazan 2018 - Third Day Participating Divisions:

 

Female Categories: -62kg / -67kg

Male Categories: -74kg / -80kg

 

FEMALES -62kg

*PARTICIPATION:  23 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Irem Yaman (TUR)2nd place: Magda Wiet Henin (FRA) and 3rd places: Rabia Gulec (GER) & Daniela Rotolo (ITA).

*HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Irem Yaman – No1

*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Wiet Henin Magda (FRA), Babic Ivana (CRO), Ciuchitu Ana (MDA), Prokudina Kristina (RUS)

 

*WHAT WE WILL SEE: The World’s top player in the category, Irem Yaman is the ultimate favorite for the gold one. Having experienced as a World and European Champion, it is sure that her rivals will struggle to face her at any round of the competition. Although, her opponent in Montreux 2016 final, World’s No4 Magda Wiet Henin will be present on the mat today and a gold European medal is missing from her collection. Among them will be also World’s No3 and silver World medallist Marta Calvo Gomez, Rabia Bachmann No5 in World and bronze World medallist Rachelle Booth. 

 

FEMALES -67kg

*PARTICIPATION:  18 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Lauren Williams (GRB) 2nd place: Nur Tatar (TUR) and 3rd places: Haby Niare (FRA) & Matea Jelic (CRO)

*HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Nur Tatar– No1

*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Jelic Matea (CRO), Khan Polina (RUS), Mitsopoulou Athanasia (GRE)

 

*WHAT WE WILL SEE: The relevant category indicates two Olympic medallists, Eva Calvo Gomez (ESP) and Nur Tatar (TUR). Both of them achieved also word medals and European titles, while the Turkish fighter is leading the World Ranking. This category reserves a lot of surprises and action throughout the day since Lauren Williams will also participate, the Champion in Montreux 2016 after she won Nur Tatar in the finals. Daniela Rotolo, representing Italy, besides her European bronze in -62kg category two years ago, the World’s No8 will give her present in the -67kg.  Remarkable participations are also the bronze World medallist from Azerbaijan Farida Azizova and the bronze medallist in Montreux Matea Jelic (CRO).

 

Males -74kg

*PARTICIPATION: 31 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Julio Ferreira (POR), 2nd place: Toni Kanaet (CRO) and 3rd places: Clauido Treviso (ITA) & Nicholas Corten (BEL)

*HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING:

*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Kanaet Toni (CRO), Mutak Marko (CRO), Ruiz Domenech Ramon (ESP)

 

*WHAT WE WILL SEE: It seems that Kanaet Toni is going through a great fighting condition and by his vigorous participation in President’s Cup recently, Word’s No4 showed his ambition in topping his category podium. Two years ago, he attained the silver one but now it is probably the right time to strongly claim the European champion title. Though, Julio Ferreira (POR) the gold medallist in Montreux and Toni’s rival in the final, will be present in Kazan. Among them, the bronze European medallist 2016 Claudio Treviso from Italy will join the fight for medals. 

 

Males -80kg

*PARTICIPATION: 26 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Milad Beigi Harchegani (AZE) 2nd place: Yunus Sari (TUR) and 3rd places: Aaron Cook (MDA) & Piotr Pazinski (POL)

*HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Milad Beigi Harchegani (AZE) – No2

*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Telikostoglou Apostolos (GRE), Zemledeltsev Andrei (RUS), Bouzid Souhili Ismael (FRA)

 

*WHAT WE WILL SEE: The -80kg division’s participations will definitely light up the Sports Hall “AK Bars”.  Beginning with the elite name of the category, the bronze Olympic medallist World and European Champion Milad Beigi Harchegani (AZE) is the favorite of the category not only for his ultimate performances but also the fact that he is close behind the No1 Cheick Sallah Cisse on the World Ranking. Azerbaijani’s opponent of 2016 European final will be present also, Yunus Sari (TUR) with a possible target the first place this year and thus we will have the chance to enjoy thrilling matches.

Even though, they won’t be alone. Among them, the two World Champions 2013 & 2017, Tahir Guelec of Germany and Maksim Khramtcov (RUS) and World’ No3 and fan’s favorite Aaron Cook representing Moldova.

 

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