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Montreux, 19 MAY 2016

Portugal, Belgium, Serbia and Ukraine are the first four countries found in the top positions of the podium of the winners at the premiere of the 22th European Taekwondo Championships hosted in Montreux, Switzerland. Rui Braganca (POR), the leading name of the category of -58kg and one of the favorites to win a medal at the Rio Olympics, needed the process of golden point in order to bend Ron Atias' resistance (ISR) in the final. In contrast, Tijana Bogdanovic (SRB), who will also be present in the summer 2016 in Rio defeated Ana Petrusic with relative ease (7-0) (SLO) to the end of -46kg category.

Iryna Romoldanova (UKR), after getting her revenge in the semi-final of -46kg against Hajer Mustapha for the defeat in the final of the Baku 2014, reached the gold medal after her victory over Blanca Palmer Soler (ESP) by 3- 0. Regarding the -54kg category,Mourad Laachraoui (BEL), one of the people who a few months ago had involuntarily been in the limelight because of his brother's relationship to terrorism, won his first medal in big event. It colour was gold after his final win by 6-3 against Jesus Tortosa Cabrera (ESP), son of Jesus Tortosa Alameda who apart from winning three gold medals in European Championships, he had also participated in the Olympic Games of 1988 in Seoul.

The results of the finals and final places:
Male-A -58 kg

FINAL: Braganca, Rui (POR) -Atias, Ron (ISR) 1-0 Golden point
1st place: Rui Braganca (POR)
2nd place: Ron Atias (ISR)
3rd place: Feyi Pearce (GBR)
3rd place: Ruslan Poiseev (RUS)

Male-A -54 kg
FINAL: Tortosa Cabrera, Jesus (ESP) -Laachraoui, Mourad (BEL) 3-6
1st place: Laachraoui, Mourad (BEL)
2nd place: Tortosa Cabrera, Jesus (ESP)
3rd place: Denisov, Stanislav (RUS)
3rd place: Artamonov, Mikhail (RUS)


Female-A -49 kg
FINAL: Petrusic, Ana (SLO) -Bogdanovic, Tijana (SRB) 0-7
1st place: Tijana Bogdanovic (SRB)
2nd place: Ana Petrusic (SLO)
3rd place: Alexandra Lychagina (RUS)
3rd place: Lucija Zaninovic (CRO)

Female-A -46 kg
FINAL: Palmer Soler, Blanca (ESP) -Romoldanova, Iryna (UKR) 0-3
1st place: Romoldanova, Iryna (UKR)
2nd place: Palmer Soler, Blanca (ESP)
3rd place: Mustapha, Hajer (FRA)
3rd place: Yildirim, Rukiye (TUR)

MEDAL STANDINGS (after 1st day):
Ukraine 1-0-0, Serbia 1-0-0, Belgium 1-0-0, Portugal 1-0-0, Spain 0-2-0, Israel 0-1-0, slovenia 0-1-0, Russia 0-0-4, Great Britain 0-0-1, France 0-0-1, Turkey 0-0-1, Croatia 0-0-1

STATEMENTS
Bogdanovic Tijana: «I am so glad for this win and I feel so nice since this is my first gold medal in European Senior Championships and it makes me feel so happy. I hope that my teammates will do the same tomorrow, we support each other so much, the team spirit in our team is so powerful and when we do or say something it is for the whole team because we have a strong bond. This Championship is definitely huge experience for me and an excellent opportunity to prepare for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016, where I will do my best and try to win an Olympic medal ».

Rui Braganca: «I feel so amazing, I am really happy for winning this medal, it was a hard fight and I did not believe I could make it again, since is the second time this has happened... my first medal was in Baku two years ago and I am really glad that I made it again. This championship was a huge challenge for me, I gained and I learned many elements that are going to help my preparation for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 ».

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                Montreux, 19 MAY 2016


Today, Thursday May 19 2016, the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016 was launched, in Salle Omnisport du Pierrer, in Montreux Switzerland.


As a general rehearsal for the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the event is the milestone competition prior to the Games.


In the three out of the four weigh categories, the favorable names for a title (Kyriaki Kouttouki -46kg, Yasmina Aziez -49kg, Jack Wooley -54kg) were disqualified before the semi-finals. The only exception was Rui Braganca (POR), who will be one of the final competitors for a gold medal, making him second time in a row a European Gold Champion (first being in Baku 2014).


In the Male -58kg weigh category, three out of four athletes of the finals will compete in Olympic Games Rio 2016. Levent Tuncat (GER), holder of four (4) medals in European championships (3 gold), will remain out of the finals, since he was defeated by Feyi Pearce (GBR), who was stopped during the semi-finals by Ron Atias (ISR).

Atias will compete with Rui Braganca, European champion in Baku 2016.

Ruslan Poiseev (RUS) also came third in his weigh category.

Mourad Laachraoui (BEL) (male -54) qualified to the finals, after winning Sanislav Denisov (RUS) in the semi-finals and he will compete for his first medal in a European Championship against Jesus Tortosa Cabrera (ESP) (3rd place in Baku 2014), having already qualified for Rio 2016.

Mikhail Artamonov has also come in the third place, increasing the Russian medals.


In female -49 weigh category, Ana Petrusic (SLO) won Yasina Aziez (FRA) and qualified for the finals aftes her victory against Alexandra Lychagina (RUS). Petrusic will compete with Tijana Bogdanivic (SRB) during the finals. Bogdanovic qualified to the finals after winning Lucija Zaninovic (CRO) who holds three (3) gold medals in the respective championships. Yet both Zaninovic and Lychagina will have a place the podium.


Finally, in the weigh category female -46, Iryna Romoldonova (UKR) will claim once again the gold medal. She got herself to the finals after winning Blanca Palmer Soler (ESP) who left outside Kyriaki Kouttouki (CYP) and Rukiye Yildirim (TUR). Yildirim and Mustapha will “share” the third place.

 

 

 

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, MONTREUX 2016
CATEGORIES: FEMALES -62 & -67 kg / MALES -74 & -80 kg

                                Montreux, 19 MAY 2016



FEMALES - 62 kg

* PARTICIPATION: 24 athletes - 21 countries


* EUROPEAN WINNERS 2014 (BAKU): 1st place: Nina Klay (SUI), 2nd place: Marina Sumic (CRO), 3rd place: Rabia Gulec (TUR), Magda Wiet- Henin (FRA).


* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Irem Yaman (TUR) No-1


* QUALIFICATION FROM WORLD PRESIDENT CUP: Rachelle Booth (GBR), Daniela Rotolo (ITA), Tugba Ayva (TUR), Irem Yaman (TUR).


* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: Six athletes have won three medals in 2016. These are Magda Wiet Henin (FRA), Rabia Gulec (GER), Bat-El Gatterer (ISR), Ana Ciuchitu (MDA), Joyce Van Baaren (NED) and Irem Yaman (TUR). One of them, Ciuchitu found herself very close to qualifying for the Olympics, but she was limited to third place in the Olympic Games Qualification Europe Tournament held in Istanbul.


* WHAT WE WILL SEE:
 

From the few categories where the Baku 2014 medal winners will be found in Montreux. It's the title holder Nina Klay (SUI), the second ranking Marina Sumic (CRO), Magda Wiet Henin (FRA) and Rabia Gulec (GER) who was found in the third step of the podium.


Klay is one of the two representatives of Switzerland for the event of Montreux, located at No.-7 of the World Rankings. In her resume, except the gold medal in Baku two years ago, has among others a silver in 2006 in Bonn and a bronze in the World Championships of 2013 in Puebla.


Sumic, No.-3 in the World Rankings, was second in the last two European Championships. In Baku she was defeated by Klay 5-3 while two years earlier had lost 11-6 to Marlene Harnois (FRA). At the European Championships Olympic Categories 2015 in Russia she was third, while included in her CV is a silver medal at the World Championships 2011 in Gyeongju.


Henin is located at No. 9 of the World Rankings, while two positions higher (7th) is Gulec. The representative of Germany, during the Olympic Games Qualification Europe Tournament in January, was second in the -69kg, a position which automatically gave her qualification for the Rio Olympics.


It's true that the four above were found on the podium of the Baku 2014, but there are also three other athletes who although have not celebrated a European title
in women's level, they have been found in the podium of the World Championship in Chelyabinsk and very high in the world rankings. First and foremost, Irem Yaman (TUR), who won the gold medal in the Russian event and currently No.-1 in the World Ranking. A position further down in the rankings of WTF and organization of Chelyabinsk is Marta Calvo Gomez (ESP), while among the favorites for a medal is also Rachelle Booth (GBR), being third last year in the Russian event.

FEMALES -67kg

* PARTICIPATION: 23 athletes - 22 countries


* EUROPEAN WINNERS 2014 (BAKU): 1st place: Anastasiia Baryshnikova (RUS), 2nd place: Haby Niare (FRA), 3rd place: Nur Tatar (TUR), Farida Azizova (AZE)


* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKINGS: Haby NIARE (FRA) No-1


* QUALIFICATION FROM WORLD PRESIDENT CUP: Matea Jelic (CRO), Haby Niare (FRA), Nur Tatar (TUR), Simge Erensayin (TUR), Tetiana Tetereviatnykova (UKR ).
* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: Elin Johansson (SWE), No-2 in the World Ranking, has won four medals so far this year. She was first in the Canadian Open, second at the US Open, third at both Luxor Open and Qatar Open in the category of -67kg.

 

* WHAT WE WILL SEE:

Out of 23 athletes participating in the class, five will be found in the summer in Rio 2016. Among other things, the four athletes found the podium of Baku 2014 will be present in Montreux 2016.


The title holder is Anastasiia Baryshnikova (RUS). She has achieved three consecutive gold medals, but the first two (St. Petersburg 2010, Manchester 2012) in the -73kg category. The bronze medalist of 2012, is No.-4 in World Ranking through which she qualified for Rio 2016. In the final category two years ago in Baku she defeated Haby Niare (FRA) by 3-2.


Niare is the No.-1 in the World Rankings. Like Baryshnikova, the French athlete has been three consecutive times to the podium, she was first in 2010 in the -62kg, second in 2012 in the -67kg, and also second in Baku.


At the Rio Olympics through the Qualification Tournament will also participate Farida Azizova (AZE), another favorite to win the gold in Montreux. Azizova is No. 9 in the World Rankings, while in her curriculum, among other things, she has a bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships in Puebla.


Nur Tatar (TUR), the holder of the silver medal at the London Olympics in 2012, has all three kinds of medals, the last three being in the European Championships (in -67kg).In 2010 she was second, in 2012 first, and in 2014 was third. Tatar, No.-5 in the World Ranking, was the only European representative in the top three of the World Championships in Chelyabinsk, occupying the second place.


In Rio will also travel Elin Johansson (SWE). The No-2 in World Rankings, the European Championships Olympic Categories 2015 was found on the highest step of the podium victorious. In terms of European Championships Women in 2008, she was third in the -59kg, while in 2012 she was also third in the -67kg.

MALES - 74 kg

* PARTICIPATION: 33 athletes - 30 countries


* EUROPEAN WINNERS 2014 (BAKU): 1st place: Albert Gaun (RUS), 2nd place: Torann Maizeroi (FRA), 3rd place: Ilkin Sahbazov (AZE), Andrew Deer (GBR).


* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Julio Ferreira (POR) No-5 * QUALIFICATION FROM WORLD PRESIDENT'S CUP: Said Guliyev (AZE), Toni Kanaet (CRO), Damir Fejzic (SRB), Berkcan Sungu (TUR).


* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: Nicholas Corten (BEL) is the athlete with the best harvest of medals this year. Corten has won a gold (the US Open) and three bronze medals (Fujairah Open, Luxor Open, German Open).


* WHAT WE WILL SEE:

Once the title holder Albert Gaun decided to fight in the -80 kg category in which he participates also during the Rio Olympics, the chase for the gold medal became complicated. Based on the numbers, the favorites for a place in the podium are Damir Fejciz (SRB), Berkcan Sungu (TUR), Daniel Quesada Barrera (ESP), Julio Ferreira (POR), Toni Kanaet (CRO) and Nicholas Corten (BEL).


The best place in the World Rankings belongs to Ferreira (Nov-5). Last year in the European Games in Baku he was third, while his palmare includes three European titles, but none in men's level.


Kanaet is located at No.-11 of the World Rankings. Recently he was second in the World Presidents Cup, and earlier this year he won the gold medal in both the Slovenian and Ukrainian Open.


In No. 12 is found Damir Fejzic (SRB). Fejzic was first in the corresponding category of the World President's Cup, but third in the Olympic Games Qualification Europe Tournament, thereby he lost the qualification for the Olympics.


Sangu has many achievements in the European Championships of lesser categories, and also has a bronze medal in the Olympic Youth Games held in Singapore in 2010. This year, in addition to the World Presidents Cup, he was second in the Turkish Open in the category of -74 kg. He is found in the 80th position of the World Rankings.


Five titles in European Championships categories also has Daniel Quesada Barrera (ESP). Quesada, No-35, in addition to all the other gold medals, was a world champion in 2012 World Championships Youth of Sharm El-Sheikh in the category of -68kg.


In No. 20 of the World Rankings, mainly because of this years of racing performance is found Corten, while in No.-16 is Teodor Georgiev (BUL), who in 2016 was found in the second position of Dutch Open.


MALES - 80 kg

* PARTICIPATION: 25 athletes - 23 countries


* EUROPEAN WINNERS 2014 (BAKU): 1st place: Aaron Cook (ISM), 2nd place: Damon Sansum (GBR), 3rd place: Mamedy Doucara (FRA), Ramin Azizov (AZE).


* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Aaron Cook (MDA) No-2


* QUALIFICATION FROM WORLD PRESIDENT CUP: Milad Beigi Harchegani (AZE), Aaron Cook (MDA), Raul Martinez Garcia (ESP), Yunus Sari (TUR).


* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: Richard Andre Ordemann (NOR) and Yunus Sari (TUR) have four medals in their possession in 2016. Another thing they have in common is that they both reached the semifinals of the Olympic Games Qualification Tournament Istanbul, however their 3rd position left them outside of the Olympic Games.


* WHAT WE WILL SEE:

All six European athletes of the category of -80 kg, who have taken qualify for Rio 2016, came to Montreux, which portends interesting 'duels'. Nomination for winning the gold medal have set Milad Beigi Harchegani (AZE), Lutalo Muhammad (GBR), Tahir Guelec (GER), Piotr Pazinski (POL), Albert Gaun (RUS) and of course Aaron Cook (MDA). If the latter wins the gold medal, it will be the fourth of his career at the European Championship with three different countries, having won medals both for Great Britain and the Isle of Man, always in the category of -80kg. In the end of 2010, in St. Petersburg (then GBR), Cook beat Nikolaos Tzellos (GRE) with a score of 11-10, while two years later in Manchester, again under M. Britain colours defeated Ramin Azizo.


In Baku he fought under the colours of the Isle of Man and in the final he defeated Damon Sansum (GBR) 1-0. This year he fought with the colours of Moldova, under which he already has two medals this year at the World Presidents Cup (3rd) and German Open (2nd). Globally (men), the No-2 of the World Ranking, was third last year in Chelyabinsk.


Beigi Harchegani is No-13 in the World Rankings. He got the qualification for Rio via the Qualification Tournament (gold medal), and a few weeks ago in Bonn, he beat Cook by 13-2 and topped the World Presidents Cup in the category of -80 kg.


Muhammad is a holder of a medal at the Olympics, since in 2012 London was second. He has two medals to his collection in European Championships, but all in the category of -87 kg (gold in Manchester, bronze in Baku). He is located in the 6th place of the World Rankings.


Guelec, No.-5 in the World Rankings, was third last year in the World Championship of Chelyabinsk. He secured his qualification for Rio thanks to his Olympic Ranking. Unlike Guelec, Pazinski got the qualification for the Olympic Games through the Qualification Tournament where he ranked second. He is the No-16 of the World Rankings. Regarding Gaun, European champion 2014 in the -74kg, possesses a third place in the World Championship of Chelyabinsk and also a 3rd place at the European Championships Olympic Categories. In the 2015 European Games in Baku he was second.


Besides the athletes who will travel in the summer in Brazil, an important role regarding medals is expected to be played by Yunus Sari (TUR), first in 2015 at the European Championships Olympic Categories and Ramin Azizov (AZE) who was third two years ago in the European championships of Baku.


The program of the third day:
08:30-14:00 Preliminary Round - Quarterfinals - Semifinals
17:00-18:20 Finals
 Medal Ceremonies

 

 

            Montreux, 18 MAY 2016

 

GENEVA, Switzerland (May 18, 2016) – Staff from the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) and members of the international community were today given a unique opportunity to witness a gravity-defying performance of top-tier taekwondo and a chance to participate in a “crash course” in the martial art.

Present on this inaugural event was ETU President, Sakis Pragalos and ETU Secretary General, Michael Fysentzidis. “The European Taekwondo possesses such a dynamic that can support not only the sport perspective, but also contribute in different social, humanistic or cultural causes through synergies of trust and collaboration”, stated Mr Pragalos.


“Right in the heart of the United Nations, the institution that defends human rights and disseminates causes of good will, Taekwondo has found its rightful place”, added Mr. Fysentzidis.

 

 


The hour-long event was opened by UNOG Director General Michael Møller, who was awarded an honorary black belt by World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) President Chungwon Choue.


“Sports can play an important role in our collective efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, our collective roadmap for action”, stated Mr. Møller. “The World Taekwondo Federation is doing its part by using taekwondo to promote fitness and personal fulfillment to those living in refugee camps around the world.”  
The WTF Demonstration Team showcased a range of taekwondo’s most spectacular, kicks, leaps, spins and breaks.
After a performance from some of the world’s top experts, Master Rene Bundeli, a former WTF Council member and former president of the Association Suisse de Taekwondo, taught a series of taekwondo basics to participants, assisted by WTF Demonstration Team members.
“It was a wonderful experience and it is encouraging to hear that taekwondo is contributing to global efforts on behalf of refugees and displaced persons,” a UNOG staff member remarked.


It is not the first time the WTF Demonstration Team has performed at the United Nations.
On 21 September 2015, the team delivered a demonstration at UN Headquarters in New York after which staff members were given a basic seminar in the sport.  At the event, Choue announced the launch of a new charity arm, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation.

“It was a great honour for our team members to perform for the UN once again, and they were all very enthusiastic about this opportunity,” said Dr. Choue.  “I hope our demonstration, and Master Bundeli’s seminar, sparked an interest in taekwondo among those present.”

 

 

 

  


After their UNOG appearance, the WTF Demonstration Team are scheduled to perform at the European Taekwondo Championships in Montreux, Switzerland, on May, 19.

 

 

 

 

 

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, MONTREUX 2016 – 2ndDAY PREVIEW
CATEGORIES: FEMALES -53 & -57 kg / MALES -563, & -68 kg


FEMALES -53 KG
* PARTICIPATION: 25 athletes - 23 countries

* THE EUROPEAN WINNERS IN 2014 (BAKU): 1st place: Ana Zaninovic (CRO), 2nd place: Yekaterina Kim (RUS),
3rd place: SuviMikkonen (FIN), Floriane Liborio (FRA)

* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKINGS: Ana Zaninovic (CRO) No-2

* QUALIFICATION FROM THE WORLD PRESIDENT'S CUP: Floriane Liborio (FRA), Charlie Maddock (GBR), Ekaterina Kim (RUS), PatimatAbakarova (AZE).

* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: During the first five months of 2016, Ekaterina Kim (RUS) won three medals, all in the category of -53kg. In the Dutch Open she was second, while she was found in the third step of the podium in both the Belgian Open and the World President's Cup.

* WHAT YOU WILL SEE:

Eight athletes stand out in this category, half of which will be contenders to win the gold medal, based on their previous performance. At the top of that list are Ana Zaninovic (CRO), Floriane Liborio (FRA), Ekaterina Kim (RUS) and PatimatAbakarova (AZE).

Zaninovic, which has already gotten the qualification for Rio 2016 through the World Rankings, is the title holder in this particular category in the 2014 event of Baku. The athlete from Croatia, No.-2 in the World Rankings, was third in World Championship 2015 in Chelyabinsk, while she already has two European championship medals in total as he was second in 2012 in Manchester.
Liborio is No. 4 in the World-Rankings. She currently holds three medals in European Championships and in particular, two gold (St. Petersburg -53kg, Manchester -57kg) and a bronze (Baku -53kg). In the capital of Azerbaijan, she missed the opportunity to reach the final after being defeated14-2 by Kim (RUS).

Kim is participating in the Montreux event and will certainly play an important role in the distribution of medals. The Russian athlete, No.-9 in the World Ranking, in 2014 in Baku she was second, losing in the final to Zaninovic 10-7, while in 2016 she has won three medals,with the last bronze being won at the World President's Cup.

Abakarova, although originally registered and fought in -49kg,she finally decided to change categories. The athlete from Azerbaijan won no medals at the European Championships, though was third in the European Games 2015 in Baku, while last January she achieved qualification for Rio 2016 and he was in the top -49kg in Olympic Games Qualification Europe held in Istanbul.

The other four athletes are: DraganaGladovic (SRB, No-8), Manuela Bezzola (SUI, No-13), Tatiana Kudashova (RUS, No-26), Charlie Maddock (GBR, No-33).

FEMALES -57 KG
* PARTICIPATION: 27 athletes - 23 countries

*EUROPEAN WINNERS IN 2014 (BAKU): 1st place: Eva Calvo Gomez (ESP), 2nd place: Jade Jones (GBR), 3rd place: GunayAghakishiyeva (AZE), Nikita Glasnovic (SWE)

* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Jade Jones (GBR) Nov-1

* QUALIFICATION FROM WORLD PRESIDENT CUP: IndraCraen (BEL), Bruna Vuletic (CRO), Daria Zhuravleva (RUS), Hatice Kubra Ilgun (TUR)

* MOST MEDALS IN 2016:Raheleh Asemani (BEL) has won five medals, the most important being the gold in the Olympic Games Qualification Europe where she fought under the banner of WTF (refugee status). Asemani, who took Belgian nationality a few weeks ago, apart from the medal in Istanbul, was first in the Dutch Open, second in Slovenia Open, third at the Belgian Open and the Open of Germany, always in the category of -57kg.

* WHAT YOU WILL SEE:

It may be the most exciting category of women in the event of Montreux. Favorites for the gold medal are many. It is no coincidence that in this category, four of the five athletes who have secured qualification for the Rio Olympics in the -57 kg are present. They are Jade Jones (GBR), RahelehAsemani (BEL), SuviMikkonen (FIN), Eva Calvo Gomez (ESP) and Nikita Glasnovic (SWE).

Jones is No 1 in World Rankings. This gymnast was found at the top of the -57 kg in the London Olympics. Her palmare includes three medals in the European Championships, but never a gold. In 2010 in Russia she was third (lost in semifinals ro Jennifer Agren by 11-9), in 2012 in Britain she was also third (defeated by Edina Kotsis by 16-8), while two years ago in Baku came second (lost by 11-9 to Calvo Gomez). Could now be the time to find herself on the highest step of the podium for the first time in her career? We will know the answer by Friday.

Calvo Gomez currently holds the No 2 in the World Rankings. In 2014 in Baku she was first in this category, while a year later she won the silver medal at the World Championships of Chelyabinsk. She also possesses another world medal (bronze) in 2013 in Puebla, and one bronze medal at the European Games 2015 in Baku again.

Regarding Glasnovic, which has also achieved qualification for Rio through World rankings (No. 3 in May), she was third in the European Championships in Baku in 2014. At the European Championships Olympic Categories, which made her maiden appearance last year in Russia, she won in the final by 9-5 against MilanaDriamova (RUS).

Asemani was recently naturalized as a Belgian. Located in No. 14 World Ranking, this year has swept everything away in her path. Five medals, the most important of them being the gold in Olympic Games Qualification Europe in Istanbul. At the Rio Olympics, according to what was enforced in the Turkey event, she will fight under the refugee team set up by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Mikkonen, who also got the qualification for Rio via Istanbul, was third last year, but in -53 kg. This year she chose to fight in the class we will see her in Rio as well. She currently holds no.114 of the World Rankings.

MALES -63 kg
* PARTICIPATION: 31 athletes - 28 countries

* WINNERS OF THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 (Baku): 1st place: JaouadAchab (Bel), 2nd place: Jure Pantar (Slo), 3rd place: IoannisPilavakis (Cyp), Mario Silva (Por).

* HIGHEST POSITION IN THE WORLD RANKINGS: JaouadAchab (Bel) No 1

* QUALIFICATION FROM THE PRESIDENT'S CUP: Mahammad Mammadov (Aze), LovreBrecic (CRO), Deni AndrunRazic (Cro), ShamsutdinGamzatov (Rus).

* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: MitkoDzhordzhev (Bul) has got three medals, but all in the category of -68 kg. He was first in the Dutch and Belgian open, while ranked second in Turkish open.

* WHAT WE WILL SEE:
Three athletes are the favorites for the gold medal in this category. Joel Gonzalez Bonila (ESP), gold medallist in the London Olympics 2012, JaouadAchab (Bel), title holder of the organization of Baku in 2014, as well as Jure Pantar (SLO), second in the last European championships. Achab is the no-1 in the world ranking of May. He is the world (2015 Chelyabinsk) and European champion (2014, Baku). Through the position of the world ranking, he was able to ensure the qualification for the Rio Olympic games. To 2015 in Russia prevailed by 7-6 against Gonzalez Bonilla, with these rivals expected to be seen again facing each other at the final of Montreux 2016. Gonzalez Bonilla is the athlete achieving the most and greatest feats in the category of -63 kg. First in the London Olympics, three medals (two gold, a silver) at the level of men in the world championships and three medals -all gold- in European championships, two of them at the level of men. An important role regarding medals is expected by Jure Pantar (Slo, No. 21) and IoannisPilavakis (Cyp, No. 18), athletes who in the European championship in Baku were second and third respectively. Pantar reached the semifinals of the Olympic games qualification Europe, but was defeated 16-6 by Karol Robak (Pol) and as a result he was disqualified from the Olympic games.

MALES -68 KG
* PARTICIPATION: 36 athletes - 32 countries

* THE WINNERS OF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS 2014 (BAKU): 1st place: ServetTazegul (TUR), 2nd place: Alexei Denisenko (RUS), 3rd place: VladislavArventii (MDA), Ruebyn Richards (GBR)

* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: ServetTazegul (TUR) No-3

* QUALIFICATION FROM WORLD PRESIDENT CUP: PieroMaric (CRO), Marco Mutak (CRO), Konstantin Minin (RUS), BerkayAkyol (TUR).

* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: Konstantin Minin (RUS) has had three bronze medals so far this year. He was third in the Dutch Open, the Belgian Open and most recently at the World Presidents Cup always in the category of -68 kg

* WHAT YOU WILL SEE:

ServetTazegul (TUR), and in the absence of Alexey Denisenko (RUS) who is the No-1 of the World Rankings, is the favorite to win the gold medal. A gold medal which will not be the first to Tazegul in European Championships, having already won four consecutive ones. In 2008, in the final of the -67kg he beat IlkinShahbazov (AZE), in 2010 and 2012 in the final of the -68kg he beat Filip Grgic (CRO), and in 2014 he won the final against Denisenko 1-0 (Sudden death) .

Besides Tazegul, the first plea regarding medals is expected by Jose Antonio RosilloAtencia (ESP), Karol Robak (POL), BerkayAkyol (TUR) and Filip Grgic (CRO).

Rosillo is No7 in the World Rankings. At the World Championships in Chelyabinsk he was third, as in 2013 in Puebla.Robak, No-10 on the World Ranking at last year's European Championships Olympic Categories he was third, while this year he managed to secure qualification for Rio 2016 because of the gold medal he won in the Olympic Games Qualification Europe. Grgic has, among others, three silver medals at the European Championships and a gold in the World championships of 2007 in Beijing. Qualifying for Rio 2016 he won the Olympic Games Qualification Europe held in Istanbul after winning 16-9 against DamirFejzic (SRB).

It should be noted that the Federation of Russia withdrew in the last minute the participation of Denisenko, putting in his place VlacheslavMinin, brother of Konstantin Minin who also participates in -68kg. The fact is, however, indisputable that the class became poorer, since Denisenko holds an Olympic medal (London 2012 3rd place), a World medal (Chelyabinsk 2015 2nd place) and a European medal (Baku 2014, 2nd place)in men's level.

The program of the second day:
08: 30-14: 00 Preliminary Round - Quarterfinals - Semifinals
17-00-18: 20 Finals
 Medal Ceremonies

 

 

ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016 Press Conference                Montreux, 17 MAY 2016


The official Press Release for the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016 took place on 17 May in Eurotel Montreux.
In this milestone event for the European Taekwondo Union, 387 athletes from 47 countries are participating, among them 41 out of 42 European athletes that have qualified for the Olympic Games Rio 2016.


The press conference was the President of the Organizing Committee Jean-Marie Ayer, the ETU Secretary General Michael Fysentzidis, the Mayor of the city of Montreux Laurent Wehlri, the President of the Swiss Taekwondo Federation Abdenbi Amhand Servet Tazegul.


Present during the conference was also the official Press Officer Genevieve Brunner and the Vice-President of the Organizing Committee, Yves Depallenes.
Jean-Marie Ayer said: “The dynamic of this event before the Olympic Games Rio 2016 is paramount, since 41 out of 42 athletes that have qualified for Rio 2016 will compete during the days of the Championships.”


E.T.U Secretary General Michael Fysentzidis stated: “All spectators can witness first-hand the elite of European Taekwondo fighters and most probably some of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic medallists.”


The Mayor of the city of Montreux elaborated on “What is Montreux” and its efforts for an integrated citizen-centered sport and culture community.
Salle Omnisport du Pierrer is ready to welcome the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016. All national teams have arrived in Montreux and everything is set to celebrate the 22nd European Taekwondo Championships on 19-22 May.

 

 

 

 


ETU EUROPEAN TAEKWONDO CHAMPIONSHIPS MONTREUX 2016
CATEGORIES: FEMALES -46 & -49 kg / MALES -54, & -58 kg


                                Montreux, 17 MAY 2016

FEMALES - 46 kg
* PARTICIPATION: 15 athletes - 15 countries
* EUROPEAN WINNERS 2014 (BAKU): 1st place: Hajer Mustapha (FRA), 2nd: Iryna Romoldanova (UKR), 3rd place: Asia Bailey (GBR), Mateja Kunovic (CRO)
* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Kyriaki Kouttouki (CYP) No-1
* QUALIFICATION FROM WORLD PRESIDENT CUP: Kyriaki Kouttouki (CYP), Dina Pouryounes Langeroudi (ETU), Blanca Palmer Soler (ESP)
* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: Maryam Ismaili (BEL) is the athlete with the most medals this year. Ismaili has got five medals, namely: Ukraine Open (gold, -46kg.), Belgian Open (silver, -46kg), Fujairah Open (bronze, -46kg), Slovenia Open (bronze, -46kg), Spanish Open (-46kg ).

* WHAT WE WILL SEE:
Participating athletes are those who made the final in 2014 in Baku. The French Hajer Mustapha (Nov-9) and Iryna Romoldanova (Nov-9) from Ukraine. At the highest step of the podium was Mustapha, leaving in second place the Romoldanova, which in January claimed the qualification of the Rio Olympics through the Olympic Qualification tournament, but was limited to the 3rd position of -49 kg.
In 2015, the World Championships of the Chelyabinsk Romoldanova was second at -46 kilos. In fact she was the only European representative on the podium in that category.
The two athletes are among the favorites for the gold medal and the organization of Montreux, while the same list also includes:
- Kyriaki Kouttouki (CYP) is No-1 in the World Ranking,
- Maryam Ismaili (BEL, Nov-11)
- Rukiye Yildirim (TUR, No-64) which among others the two medals in European women (St. Petersburg 2010, gold & Manchester 2012, bronze)
- Dina Pouryounes Langeroudi (ETU) which is in the 27th place World Ranking, even winning 14 places in the rankings announced for the month of May.

FEMALES - 49 kg
* PARTICIPATION: 19 athletes - 16 countries
* THE EUROPEAN WINNERS 2014 (BAKU): 1st place: Lucija Zaninovic (CRO), 2nd place: Yasmina Aziez (FRA), 3rd place: Ivett Gonda (HUN), Svetlana Igumenova (RUS)
* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING:
Yasmina Aziez (FRA) No-1
* QUALIFICATION FROM WORLD PRESIDENT CUP: Kristina Tomic (CRO), Alexandra Lychagina (RUS), Sasa Damnjanovic (SRB).
* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: Christina Tomic (CRO) is the athlete with the most medals this year. Tomic has won four medals, namely: Slovenia Open (-49kg, gold), Ukraine Open (-49kg, gold), World Presidents Cup (-49kg gold), Turkish Open (-49kg bronze).

* WHAT WE WILL SEE:
Lucija Zaninovic (CRO, No.-2) seems to be the absolute favorite for the gold medal. She already counts three gold medals in the last three competitions (St. Petersburg, Manchester, Baku) and in the event of Montreux she will attempt to make them 4 out of 4. Zaninovic, which in August will be present in «Rio 2016», is the only athlete in this class that has a medal in the Olympic Games, namely bronze at London 2012.

The main opponent to claim the gold medal will be the No.-1 World Ranking, Yasmina Aziez from France. Aziez has also has secured a place for «Rio 2016» (through the Olympic Games Qualification Europe), and has been found twice in the final European Championship, but she both times experienced defeat by Zaninovic resulting to stay in second place, while 2012 in Manchester was also third in the -49kg.

Among the other contenders gold medal, four names particularly stand out:
- Tijana Bogdanovic (SRB No-8) was third in the World Championships of Chelyabinsk in 2015, second in the European Championships Olympic Categories of Russia in the same year and will also be present at the Rio Olympics due to the second position she took at Olympic games Qualification Europe last January,
- Svetlana Igumenova (RUS No-11) in 2015 was found in the third step of the podium in both the World and European Championship,
- Erica Nicoli (ITA No-29) last year was third in the European Championships Olympic Categories, while she almost made it to the Rio Olympics, but eventually ranked third in the Qualification Tournament in Istanbul.

MALES - 54 kg
* PARTICIPATION: 26 athletes - 23 countries
* THE WINNERS OF THE 2014 EUROPEAN (BAKU): 1st place: Stepan Dimitrov (MDA), 2nd place: Georgios Simitsis (GRE), 3rd place: Jesus Tortosa Gabreta (ESP), Mehmet Dolas (TUR)
* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Jack Wolley (IRL) No-4
* QUALIFICATION FROM WORLD PRESIDENT CUP: Majid Sofiyev (AZE), Jorge Canales Torres (ESP), Jesus Tortosa Cabrera (ESP), Stanislav Denisov (RUS), Ovidiu Trifan (ROU).
* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: Jack Woolley (IRL) has celebrated five medals, most recently the bronze in German Open. Earlier this year he was second in the US Open, second in Fujairah Open and the Spanish Open, and participated in the Olympic Games Qualification Europe but was limited to third place and the bronze medal thus excluded from the Rio Olympics.

* WHAT WE WILL SEE:
It's among the categories where the prediction for the athlete who will win the gold medal is rather risky. Seemingly, closer to the gold are the Jesus Tortosa Cabrera (ESP), Giorgos Simitsis (GRE), Stanislav Denisov (RUS), Jack Wolley (IRL) and Mourad Laachraoui (BEL).
The Spanish athlete (No-8) was third in the last European Championship, but earlier this year and through the Olympic Games Qualification Europe, he managed to win the silver medal and ensure qualification for «Rio 2016» in the category of -58kg which gives him the lead and in the chase for the gold medal.

Simitsis (No-15), in 2014 last European Championship was second, while in 2016 has won a gold medal (Slovenia Open, -58kg) and a bronze (Belgian Open, -54kg).
The third of the favorites, Russian Denisov (No-6) won the bronze medal at last year's World Championships in Chelyabinsk, and already counts three bronze medals this year at Dutch Open, Belgian Open and World Presidents Cup, all in the category of -54kg .
Wolley, the athlete who is in 4th place of the World Rankings, claimed the qualification for the Rio Olympics but was eliminated after the defeat by Ron Atias (ISR) with a score of 12-10 in the semifinals. However, from this organization he took the bronze medal, while in his palmare he has four more in 2016. Recently he was third in the German Open, while earlier he was second in the US Open, second in Fujairah Open and the Spanish Open.
Laachraoui is very combative and has got very high expectations for gold in Montreux. Being No-5 in the world rankings, he has four medals this year, with major being the gold at the US Open in Luxor Open. Also he was third in Canadian Open and Fujairah Open.

MALES - 58 kg
* PARTICIPATION: 30 athletes - 28 countries
* WINNERS OF THE 2014 EUROPEAN (BAKU): 1st place: Rui Braganca (POR), 2nd place: Levent Tuncat (GER), 3rd place: Dylan Chellamootoo, Ruslan Poiseyev (RUS)
* HIGHEST POSITION IN WORLD RANKING: Rui Braganca (POR) No-2
* QUALIFICATION FROM WORLD PRESIDENT CUP: Salaheddine Bensaleh (BEL), Shalva Shubitidze (RUS), Milos Gladovic (SRB)
* MOST MEDALS IN 2016: Milos Gladovic (SRB) may not be able to qualify for the Rio Olympics, he ranked third in the Olympic Games Qualification Europe (-58kg), but this year has already been found four times on the podium . He was first in the Dutch Open, World Presidents Cup, second in Slovenia Open and Belgian Open.

* WHAT WE WILL SEE:
Four athletes out of the five that are in the lead for the gold medal, have already secured qualification for the Rio Olympics. These are Rui Braganca (POR), Levent Tuncat (GER), Si Mohamed Ketbi (BEL) and Ron Atias (ISR).
Braganca, No.-2 in the World Ranking, is the title holder in this category in the event of Baku in 2014. In his resume, among others, he has a gold medal in the European Championships Olympic Categories held last year in Baku.
Tuncat, currently is No.-3 in the world ranking. In Montreux he will claim his fourth gold medal at the European Championships and fifth overall since last year in Baku he was second.
Ketbi hasn't won a medal at the Men's European Championship, however, last year in Chelyabinsk he was second in -58 kg. Being at No-6 of the World Rankings, through which he gets to qualify for Rio 2016.
Atias (ISR, No-80) in the final of the Olympic Games Qualification Europe topped the category of -58 kg (in the final defeating Jesus Tortosa of Spain by 3-2) and ensured his qualification for Rio.

Apart from the above, favorites for the gold medal are:
- Ruslan Poiseev (RUS, No-18) third in both the European 2014 (Baku), and the World Championship 2015 (Chelyabinsk)
- Milos Gladovic (ISR, No-5) has the most medals this year, most recently in the World Presidents Cup when he won the final by 6-5 against Salaheddine Bensaleh (BEL, No-13) also among the favorites for the first place.

The program of the first day:
08: 30-14: 00 Preliminary Round - Quarterfinals - Semifinals
17-00-18: 30 Finals - Medal Ceremonies
19:00 Opening Ceremony

 

 

ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016 in Numbers                                Montreux, 16 MAY 2016

Entering the final week of the ETU European Championships Montreux 2016, this competition represents the 22nd European Championship.
This is the first ever retrospection of the European Taekwondo Championships, depicted in 34 numbers, from 1 until 1.720.000.
1: For the first time, Switzerland is organising European Taekwondo Senior Championships following its predecessor Azerbaijan (2014).
2: This will be the second live TV broadcasting of the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016, first being in Baku two years ago.
3: The number of athletes who will celebrate their birthday at the games. These athletes are Rosillo Atencia (ESP, 20.05.1990), Ovidiu Trifan (ROM, 21.05.1998), and Marko Majkovic (CRO, 21.05.1997).
3: The number of International Sport Federations that have been founded in Montreux
o   1923 Internation Bobsleigh Federation (IBSF)
o   International Waterski Federation (IWSF)
o   1924 : Fédération Internationale de roller sports (FIRS)
5: The highest number of gold medals awarded to a single athlete in the history of the European Championships. Top in the list of men is Geremia Di Constanzo (ITA) and in the list of women is Coral Bistuer (ESP).
7:  Gwladys Epangue’s (FRA) total number of medals, who will not be present at the games this year. The French athlete, who has secured her place in Rio 2016, has 3 gold, 3 silver and one bronze medal. The respective male athletes are Seifula Magomedov (RUS) and Bahri Tanrikulu (TUR) who also have 7 medals.
8: The number of cameras that will be used to cover the TV broadcasting of the event. The finals will be held on terrain 2.
10:  The number of Olympic medallists who will participate in the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016. Four of those athletes (Milica Mandic – SRB, Jade Jones – GBR, ServetTazegul – TUR, Joel Gonzalez Bonilla – ESP) have a gold medal.
10: The number of European Championships in different sports that Montreux has hosted
o   1910 : Ice Hockey
o   1924, 1925,  1927, 1929, 1931, 1939, 1948 : Roller-Hockey
o   2015 : Fencing
o   2016 : Taekwondo
11: The number of times the European Taekwondo Championship has coincided with the Olympic Games.
14: The number of people on the WTF Demonstration Team. The show will take place during the opening ceremony of the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016, on the first day of the competition (19/05/2016).
16:  The age of the youngest participant in the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016. Maria Arslanoglou (GRE) who was born on 4.9.1999 will be 16 years, 8 months and 15 days old on the first day of the competition.
18: The number of people behind the Team of Host Broadcaster which will be responsible for broadcasting the games in the whole of Europe and not only.
19:  The number of European countries participating in the Olympic Games Rio 2016, also participating in ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016.
22: The ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016 marks the 22nd time which the games will be held. The first was in Barcelona in 1976.
31: The age of the oldest female athlete taking participating in the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016.  Larysa Gershanok (ISR), on the first day of the competition, will be 31 years, 6 months and 16 days or 11.520 days old.
34:  The number of countries which have won at least one medal in the men’s/women’s European Taekwondo Championships. Spain is in the first place with 175 medals.
36: The men’s -68kg category is the most popular, since 36 athletes from 32 countries will be participating.
39: Teemu Heino (FIN) will be the oldest athlete participating in ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016. He was born on 15.12.1976 and will be 39 years old, 9 months and 4 days or 14.522 days old on the first day of the competition.
42: The European athletes which have get the golden ticket to the Olympic Games Rio 2016. 41 of them will be present in ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016.
47:  47 out of 50 Member National Associations (MNA’s) of the European Taekwondo Union will be present at the four terrains of Salle Omnisports du Pierrier – setting a new record for the European Taekwondo Championships.
64: The number of medals which will be awarded to the athletes during the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016.
70: The number of volunteers for the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016.
80: The number of minutes which will be broadcasted live each day during the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016. The live coverage of the event will be equal to more than five hours.
86:  The days left between the completion of the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016 and the beginning of the Taekwondo sport at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 (17-20 August)
387: The participating athletes in ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016.
598: The total number of athletes, team officials and referees attending the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016.
1288: The total number of medals awarded at the 21 previous European Taekwondo Championships.
1976: The year the European Taekwondo Union was founded. This year marks its 40th anniversary, that will be celebrated in Romania in September 2016.
1980:  The year when women entered the European Championship Programme. Worth mentioning is that the European Taekwondo Championship was held before the respective Women’s World Championship.
2015: The European Olympic Weight Categories Championship is introduced by ETU. A brand new European Championship, hosted for the first time in Russia in 2015.
100.000: Views of the official teaser trailer of the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016 via YouTube and Facebook, only just the first week of May.
1.720.000: The latest Taekwondo event TV broadcasting (EQT) was watched just in Netherlands, by more than a million viewers.

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