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Kazan, 11 May 2018


The second competition day of WTE European Championships Kazan 2018 came to an exciting end earlier today in the Sports Hall “Ak Bars”.


Having the chance to watch elite participations like, among others, the double Olympic Champion Jade Jones here in Kazan, the enthusiasm for the final matches and results was even higher.


Golden “Headhunter” remained on the top of Europe


As it is expected, when Jade Jones is on the mat all the spectators are watching her unique performances. Today the audience had the chance to enjoy Jade Jones defending her prestigious European title.


Thus, the final match in -57kg category couldn’t be realized without the presence of Jade Jones, who fight against the World’s No3 and World silver medallist Hatice Kubra Ilgun of Turkey.


The two athletes forceful claim the victory and in the end, they were driven to the golden point, where none of them scored and Jade Jones won the match by superiority.


The Upsets


World’s No1 in -63kg category, Jaouad Achab of Belgium didn’t achieve to qualify in the semi-finals and claim a medal. The World and European Champion was defeated by Bradly Sinden (GBR) with 13-27 score. The bronze World medallist of Great Britain also took the fight against the double Olympic medallist Joel Gonzalez Bonilla (ESP).


Bradly’s day was tough from the beginning since he had to face the two experienced athletes very early and, in the semi-final, he played against World’s No9 Hakan Recber (TUR). The Turkish fighter realized a great performance and since Bradly had no more powers to give in the end, the match finished with 39-46 score.


The (semi)finals


Lovre Brecic World’s No3 and World’s No8 Deni Andrun Razic both from Croatia came across in the semi-final in -63kg category but according to their today’s performances, they both could have claimed a place in the final match. The one who finally secured the ticket to the finals was Lovre Brecic after his success with 19-3 score.


The Croatian player had to confront with the strong rival, Hakan Recber (TUR). After a thrilling match with equal performances and score upsets the gold exciting celebrations came from Lovre Brecic with 18-19 victory.



Females Highlights


Tijana Bogdanovic against Tatiana Kudashova. Two years ago, both prevailed and awarded the gold medals. Today, since the silver Olympic medallist Tijana switched category, the two top-tier athletes met on the mat today for the semi-final. Both athletes strongly claim the victory and deliver to the audience a vigorous match. The World’s No2 Tatiana was more determined for the win and thus she did with 16-15 score.


In the finals, she faced, for a second time within one month, Inese Tarvida of Latvia, 2 weeks after their final fight in President’s Cup. Having known each other very well, the match started with a close score but in the end, Tatiana Kudashova made it 10-2 and prevailed as a European Champion for the second time in a row.


The final results: files/KAZAN 2018/MEDALLISTS_DAY2.pdf


Photo Credits: Murat Tahran






Due to a technical error in the On Venue Result management system, the published drawsheets of the male -80 kg were incorrect. 

This error has been adjusted and these published drawsheets are correct: files/KAZAN 2018/DRAWS_DAY_3.pdf


Watch the video of the athletes' first day in the WTE European Championships Kazan 2018



WTE European Championships Kazan 2018 - Second Day Participating Divisions:


Female Categories: -53kg / -57kg

Male Categories: -63kg / -68kg



*PARTICIPATION:  20 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Tatiana Kudashova (RUS),2nd place: Patimat Abakarova (AZE) and 3rd places: Zeliha Agris (TUR) & Floriane Liborio (FRA).


*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Kudashova Tatiana (RUS), Tarvida Inese (LAT), Dosucukur Zehra (TUR), Folgmann Madeline (GER)


*WHAT WE WILL SEE: Since the silver Olympic medallist Tijana Bogdanovic switched into the -53kg, the claim of the gold medal in the relevant category is expected to be more than exciting. The Serbian representative will face the Montreux 2016 European Champion and silver world 2017, Tatiana Kudashova. The world’s No2 spends a period of an admirable competing condition having shown lately in WT President's Cup that she comes in the mat for the gold one. The way to the delightful places on the podium won’t be easy for the athletes since the antagonism raises up with the participation of World’s No4 Inese Tarvida, who recently faced Kudashova in a final match, the silver European medallist Ana Petrusic and World’s No3 Madeline Folgmann.


Since the European representatives of the category, hold the highest places on the World Ranking, it is expecting to be one of the favorites categories concerning the action and energy of the fighters who will strive to achieve the prestigious titles.



*PARTICIPATION:  28 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Jade Jones (GBR) 2nd place: Nikita Glasnovic (SWE) and 3rd places: Raheleh Asemani (BEL) & Martina Zubcic (CRO)


*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Ilgun Hatice Kubra (TUR), Vuletic Bruna (CRO), Tarvida Jolanta (LAT)


*WHAT WE WILL SEE: She is on the top of the World and achieved everything in her career. Double Olympic Champion Jade Jones is undeniably the No1 favorite for the gold medal which will count her second one in a row in European level. The challenge over here is the rival that will manage to ensure the place in the final match against the “Headhunter”. The world’s No3 Hatice Kubra Ilgun of Turkey climbed on the second place in World Championships Muju 2017, where Jade Jones won the bronze medal. The Turkish practitioner looks the favorite one to be the finalist of the European Championships match, having won the gold one in her “final rehearsal” in WT President’s Cup two weeks prior the WTE major event. 


Males -63kg

*PARTICIPATION:   27 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Jaouad Achab (BEL) 2nd place: Jaroslaw Mecmajer (POL) and 3rd places: Stevens Barclais (FRA) & Joel Gonzalez Bonilla (ESP)


*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Andrienko Pavel (RUS), Brecic Lovre (CRO), Chellamotoo Dylan (FRA), Perez Casanova Mario (ESP)


*WHAT WE WILL SEE: Belgium’s representative that leads the World Ranking, Jaouad Achab is the utter favored to win. Although, Lovre Brecic (CRO) World’s No3 has a striking mode in tournaments but he misses out one European medal. Things get even more complicated concerning the winners’ podium with the participation of World’s No8 Deni Andrun Razic and World’s No9 Hakan Recber of Turkey.


Last but not least, the participating level of -63kg category and the cubit of difficulty gets even higher by the presence of the double Olympic medallist Joel Gonzalez Bonilla (EPS) in the mat. Having celebrated both World and European titles, Joel won’t miss the chance to achieve one more in his career


Males -68kg

*PARTICIPATION:  35 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Servet Tazegul (TUR) 2nd place: Hamza Adnan-Karim (GER) and 3rd places: Sergey Vardazaryan (ARM) & Konstantin Minin (RUS)


*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Tcakoev Sarmat (RUS), Krasnov Boris (RUS), Ketbi Si Mohamed (BEL), Perez Polo Javier (ESP)


*WHAT WE WILL SEE: The fight for the final winners of the relevant category is expecting to be fascinating since by the absenteeism of Servet Tazegul and Alexey Deniskenko the admittance to the first places of the division will give to the participants' motivation for claiming a medal.

The Montreux 2016 bronze medallist Sergey Vardazaryan targets the gold one and so as the silver World medallist Si Mohamed Ketbi of Belgium.  Also, interesting will be the participation of Mahammad Mammadov who holds the World’s No5 place and bronze World medal in -63kg category and he will get on the mat in Kazan challenging himself in a heavier division.


Photo Credits: Denis Sekrevet & Amandine Lauriol


Check the link below for the Draws Competition Day 2 - WTE European Championships Kazan 2018:

files/KAZAN 2018/DRAWS_DAY_2.pdf



Kazan, 10 May 2018


One of Russia's sports cities, Kazan 2018, hosted today the first competition day of the prestigious WTE European Taekwondo Championships 2018 edition 23rd.


The Sport Hall “Ak Bars” welcomed all the European athletes, coaches and officials who travelled to Kazan city from 46 countries around the continent for the elite participation in the astonishing event.


On the occasion of the initiation day, the Opening Ceremony took place to mark the launch of the major WTE event.


Right after the traditional performances during the ceremony, the acting WTE President Angelo Cito took the floor and welcomed all the individuals who gave their presence in the 2018 WTE Championships and highlighted the significance of the event for the European Taekwondo and its precious athletes. 


The action on the mat today


The topmost European athletes gave their dynamic performances with one major goal, the distinguished title of the WTE European Champion for the year 2018 in Female -46kg & 49kg and Male -54kg & -58kg categories.


The bronze Olympic medallist in Rio 2016, Patimat Abakarova (ΑΖΕ)faced the bronze World medallist Kristina Tomic of Croatia in the -49kg semi-finals where the Croatian fighter overmastered the match and won with score 12-03 and thus the Azerbaijani representative awarded the bronze medal.


Kristina Tomic continued fighting and in the finals came against Natalia Antipenko of Russia, who earlier won with a score 3-2 the silver European Yasmina Aziez (FRA) in the semi-finals. The two athletes came to the mat passionate since it was the first time they both claim the European title. In the end, Kristina Tomic was the one who celebrated the victory with score 18-12.


Rukiye Yildirim of Turkey, after her bronze medal in Montreux 2016, came in Kazan determined for the Champion title. World’s No8 prevailed in -46kg category, overbear World’s No2 and European Champion Iryna Romoldanovaand came into a final match against Dina Pouryounes. The Turkish athlete took over the match with 28-10 score and accomplished her participation golden and unbeaten.


Jordyn Smith of Great Britain team made her senior debut in European Championships with a bronze medal in the relevant category. After her latest gold medal in World Juniors Championships in Hammamet a month ago, the Scottish teenager showed in Kazan that she is more than a promising athlete, achieving the third place during her first senior fight.


From the male’s frame, the young athlete from Italy Dell’ Aquila Vito, World’s No9, came to the Europeans with a bronze World medal on his background. After his silver one in WT President’s Cup recently, he realized in Kazan very good performances and attained the bronze medal in -54kg category after he was defeated by Adrian Vicente (ESP) in the semi-finals. The Spanish representative took the match with the impressive 36-18 score and qualified to the final match.


Magomed Gagiev was the second finalist of the category, who had a thrilling match against Deniz Dagdelen of Turkey before the finals. Both athletes realized vigorous performances and the score was close during the game. The Russian fighter was the one who managed to secure his place in the finals after his win with 20-17.


Adrian Vicente surprised the spectators and his rival Magomed Gagiev during the final match since, besides the fact he was behind the score with 0-5, although he managed to lead the match and finally won with 13-5 and celebrated the top place of the podium.


The final match of the -58kg male category was a real derby between two dynamic opponents. The highest ranked athlete out of the contestants in the category, Jesus Tortosa Cabrera of Spain World’s No4 and silver medallist in Montreux 2016, was close enough to achieve his first European gold but Mihail Artamonov of Russia World’s No5 was the one who triumphed the division with 5-10 score.  


The highly experienced athlete and two times European Champion, Rui Braganca of Portugal didn’t manage to attain the third gold in a row after his defeat by the bronze medallist in Kazan 2018 Valeriy Shimanov (RUS).


The final results: files/KAZAN 2018/Medallists_-_Day_1.pdf





Photo Credits: Murat Tarhan


WTE European Seniors Championships Kazan 2018 - First Day (10/05) Participating Divisions:


Female Categories: -46kg / -49g

Male Categories: -54kg / -58kg




*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Iryna Romoldanova (UKR),2nd place: Blanca Palmer Soler (ESP) and 3rd places: Hajer Mustapha (FRA) & Rukiye Yildirim (TUR).


*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Kyriaki Kouttouki (CYP), Akalin Ruhat (TUR), Iloglu Sumeyye (TUR)


*WHAT WE WILL SEE: The three out of four European medallists Montreux 2016, World's No2 and European Champion Iryna Romoldanova (UKR), Hajer Mustapha of France & Worlds No8 Rukiye Yildirim (TUR) will participate in the relevant category in Kazan. The silver in Montreux 2016 Blanca Palmer Soler switched category and thus the medals classification in the -46kg division it is expecting to have upsets since the No3 in the World Ranking Kyriaki Kouttouki of Cyprus misses a European title from her career and she will now have the chance to claim a medal in Kazan.  

The top player participating in the category, Iryna Romoldanova, will fight in a defending title mode and thus she will have the chance to lead the World Ranking list.



*PARTICIPATION:  18 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Tijana Bogdanovic (SRB), 2nd place: Ana Petrusic (RUS) and 3rd places: Alexandra Lychagina (RUS) & Lucija Zninovic (CRO).


*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Dincel Merve (TUR), Tomic Kristina (CRO), Antipenko Natalia (RUS)


*WHAT WE WILL SEE: The category’s highest ranked athlete and silver Olympic medallist, Tijana Bogdanovic of Serbia will participate in different division, but Blanca Palmer Soler of Spain will claim one more European medal in this category for first time among with Kristina Tomic World’s No4 and two World Champions Zeliha Agris (TUR) and Vanja Stankovic (SRB).

Highlight participation in the category is the bronze Olympic medallist Rio 2016, Patimat Abakarova. After her second place in Montreux 2016 and bronze in Baku 2014, the Azerbaijani representative will fight for the gold missing from her collection.


Males -54kg

*PARTICIPATION:  21 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place:  Mourad Laachraoui (BEL), 2nd place: Jesus Tortosa Cabrera (ESP) and 3rd places: Stanislav Denisov (RUS) & Mikhail Artamonov (RUS)


*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Gagiev Magomed (RUS), Dell’ Aquila Vito (ITA), Vicente Yunta Adrian (ESP) and Dimitrov Vadim (MDA).


*WHAT WE WILL SEE: Due to the differentiation that came over this year for the relevant category, the winners’ podium of 2018 will welcome new athletes. The young promising athlete from Italy Dell’ Aquila Vito and World’s No9 comes to the Europeans with the major goal a medal. After his silver one in WT President’s Cup two weeks earlier, by realizing great performances he proved that he can own the favorite title.


Males -58kg

*PARTICIPATION:  28 Athletes

*EUROPEAN WINNERS MONTREUX 2016: 1st place: Rui Braganca (POR), 2nd place: Ron Atias (Israel) and 3rd places: Feyi Pearce (GBR) & Ruslan Poiseev (RUS)


*QUALIFIED FROM WT PRESIDENT’S CUP 2018: Uscov Serghei (MDA), Shimanov Valeriy (RUS) and Glasnovic Leon (CRO)


*WHAT WE WILL SEE: He is highly experienced in winning European Championships since herealised it twice, the double European Champion, 2014 & 2016, Rui Braganca of Portugal will be present in Kazan to defend his titles and repeat his success for the third time in a row. Although, the road won’t be easy. The -58kg category indicates, among others, participation as the silver European medallist Jesus Tortosa Cabrera and highest ranked athlete of the relevant category, will claim his first European gold medal.

Fighting for the 2018 European title, World’s No5 and bronze medallist in Montreux 2016, Mihail Artamonov of Russia will give also his dynamic present in the mat and it is expecting the relevant category final match to fascinate the taekwondo public. 


World Taekwondo Europe would like to clarify that due to a technical error in the On Venue Result management system, the published draw sheets were incorrect. 


The ranking positions of the athletes were incorrectly allocated to the draw positions which resulted in incorrect brackets. Therefore, an adjustment was made, and the draw sheets have been corrected according to the WT Global Ranking (April 2018 published version).


For the updated draws for weight categories participating tomorrow (10/05) please follow the link below:

files/KAZAN 2018/DRAWS_D1_KAZAN.pdf




Kazan, 09 May 2018


The Head of Team meeting drawing of lots was completed earlier today and was attended by the Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan Khalil Shaykhutdinov and was realized by the acting WTE Secretary-General Kenneth Schunken, the Technical Delegate of the event Chakir Chelbat, the WTE Games Committee Chairman Ali Sagirkaya, the WTE Technical Director Dr. Reza Zademohammad and the Competition Supervisory Board Member Dr. Panjo Prot.


The WTE acting Secretary-General welcomed all the coaches and manager to the room and right after Mr. Chakir Chelbat took the floor and delivered to the attendees some vital information about the rules and regulations and also the technical info concerning the relevant WTE event.



The Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan Khalil Shaykhutdinov, also warmly welcomed all the teams in the city of Kazan, expressed his gratification of realizing the WTE European Championships 2018 here and highlighted that Kazan hospitality to taekwondo visitors is a priority for the community.




Please check the following updated timetable for the event with two changes regarding the weigh-in.


files/WTE KAZAN 2018/Updated_TIMETABLE_08_05.pdf


The first day the weigh-in will take place at the "Ak Bars" Venue (str. Fatykha Amirkhana 1G) instead of the Grand Kazan Hotel. 


A shuttle bus is arranged by the Organising Committee from Grand Kazan Hotel to "Ak Bars" Venue and back, starting at 09.30am. 


More information will be published at the Lobby of all Officials Hotels or you may refer to the Volunteers at the Lobby of each Official Hotels.

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