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The second Day of Taekwondo at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 was successfully completed today on 18th August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the Carioca Arena 3. The European Taekwondo Union was represented the by five (5) women in the -57kg category and five (5) in the men -69kg. After a lot of surprises and numerous Europeans qualifying to the medals, the Olympic medal standings are the following: 
Women -57kg
1st : Jade Jones (GBR)
2nd: Eva Calvo (ESP)
3rd : Alizadeh Zenoorin Kimia (IRI)
3rd : Wahba Hedaya (EGY)
Men -68kg
1st : Abughaush Ahmad (JOR)
2nd : Alexey Denisenko (RUS)
3rd : Joel Gonzalez Bonilla (ESP)
3rd : Lee Dae-Hoon Dae-Hoon (KOR)
Jade Jones – The Golden Rule(s)
The British Olympian does it again! Leaving outside her opponents one by one, she is being recognized the supremacy of her standing. Jade competed with the Belgian Asemani Raheleh in the quarterfinals, after flawless appearance against Bakkal Naima (MAR). Passing to semifinals, she faced the young Nikita Glasnovic from Sweden, showing her superiority and moning on to the final. There, she found her familiar opponent Eva Calvo. She knew her and she knew exactly what to do to get that Gold one for the second time. That is why she went head hunting from the 1st round. She won with a mythical score of 16-7 and wrote history. Jade Jones is double Olympic Gold medalist!
Alexey Denisenko (RUS) – Stood tall
The Russian athlete was the one leaving Servet Tazegul out of claiming a title. Firstly, he won Contreras Edgar (VEN) and after his victory against Servet in the quarterfinals scoring 19-6, he confronted the Belgian Achab Jaouad in the semifinals. With a point gap of 6-1, Alexey got the ticket to the final, facing the talented Abughaush Ahmad from Jordan. Seeming unfocused and lost at some point, he never had the chance to chase more points and lost the match by 6-10. The Russian is now Silver Olympic Medalist!.
Eva Calvo (ESP) – Rio’s silver welcome!
Eva Calvo had her first presence in the Olympic Games and managed to go directly to the medals! The Spanish athlete won the silver medal after qualifying to the quarterfinals against Harnsujin Phannapa (THA), then competing with the Iranian Alizadeh Zenoorin Kimia and the Egyptian Wahba Hedaya. In the final she obviously found her lifetime taekwondo opponent Jade Jones, yet the experience of the latter, did not left her much of a space to strike back and claim more points. Eva is now silver Olympic medalist after proving that focus and strategy leads you gradually to your target. 
Joel Gonzalez Bonilla (ESP) – Who said that lightning never strikes twice?
Despite the fact that Joel never seemed very determined of claiming a medal in these Olympic Games, he believed it. His previous experience in London 2012 Olympic Games, his skills, his patience and ability to “read” his opponents led him gradually to the Olympic title. Gonzales Bonilla initially won the Croatian Filip Grgic and moved to the quarterfinals to face Purevjav Temuujin (MNG). Getting the ticket to the semifinals, he confronted the Jordan Abughaush Ahmad, where he did not manage to get further and lost with 12-7. Passing bye to the repechage games and after a very tactical fight against Contreras Edgar from Venezuela, Joel managed to win the bronze medal and become again an Olympic medalist during his second presence in the Olympic Games.
Servet Tazegul (TUR) – Glory days faded
This might have been even the biggest surprise of the day. The numerous times Turkish Champion and Gold medalist in London 2012 did not manage to make it through the medals. In the quarterfinals, he was disqualified by his opponent Alexey Denisenko (RUS), yet with the later qualifying to the finals, Servet got a place in the repachage to claim the bronze medal. There, he confronted Contreras Edgar from Venezuela where he lost and left the glory of the past behind.
Karol Robak (POL) – Not the time of Poland
The talented athlete moved to the quarterfinal after his victory against Dieye Balla (SEN), yet he did not manage to pass to the semifinal as the experienced Achab Jaouad from Belgium stood in his way. Unfortunatelly the Belgian did not make it to the final, so the Polish athlete never had the chance to go to the repechage.
Achab Jaouad (BEL) – Relentless Power
It was obvious that Achab was aiming directly for a medal. Strategic, energetic, and passionate he passed to the quarterfinals against Kassman Maximillion (PNG) and dominated the Polish Robak Karol scoring 7-9. Left behind at his fight with the Russian Alexey Denisenko during the semifinals, he confronted the Silver Olympic medalist in London 2012 Lee Dae-hoon Dae-hoon from Korea, yet despite chasing the turnover up to the last second, he did not manage to reach for the medal. Today, with Achab and Raheleh, the Belgium team closes its presence in Taekwondo. 
Nikita Glasnovic (SWE) – A True Viking 
Taking the qualification for the quarterfinals from the Australian Marton Caroline, Nikita went to a pure Scaninavian match with the Finnish Suvi Mikkonen. Elegantly preserving the difference of the score, she won with 4-7 and went to the semifinals to confront the Jade Jones, where she was defeated since the experience of the second was enough to widen up the score difference. Nevertheless, she made it through the repechage, facing the Iranian Alizadeh Zenoorin Kimia, but never managed to get the bronze medal. The Iranian woman won the title, making her the first Iranian female Olympic medalist.
Asemani Raheleh (BEL) – The dream left in Rio
The almost Olympic Refugee Team member, Raheleh, passed Carstens Carolena from Panama and confronted Jade Jones in the quarterfinals, with the latter being obviously superior. The Belgian woman lost and claimed the bronze medal through the repechage, when after her victory against the Morrocan Bakkal Naima, she faced the Egyptian Wahba Hedaya. With no score throughout the game, the match went to the golden point. The Egyptian women took by surprise Asemani, got the golden point and along with it, the bronze medal and the title of the first Egyptian female Olympic medalist.
Suvi Mikkonen (FIN) – Scandinavian Power
During her first match, Suvi passed the local Vasconcelos Dos Santos Julia and competed against her “neighbor” Nikita Glasnovic from Sweden. Suvi did not manage to turn the game and was left out of the repechage , since the Swedish girl claimed the place later.
Filip Grgic (CRO) – Never had the chance
Indeed, the Croatian athete never had the chance to prove of himself further. He was defeated right from the first fight with the Spanish Olympic Gold medalist in London 2012, Joel Gonzalez Bonilla and never made it to the repechage either, since Bonilla claimed a place and later managed to win the bronze medal as well. 
Ana Zaninovic – No sisters left
The second one of the Zaninovic sisters, Ana, proved misfortunate, since she lost in the first fight against the Iranian athlete. The Iranian was defeated in the round of the quarterfinals, so she did not have the opportunity to go to the repechage and claim a medal.
Having the round of 16 successfully completed during the 3rd Competition day of the Taekwondo in Rio 2016, twelve European athletes competed in the categories -67kg for women and -80kg for men. Totally, seven out of twelve European athletes qualified to the quarterfinals setting a strong European presence towards the medals. In detail, totally four Women and three Men passed to the next round.
The milestone match of the quarterfinals will be the one between the myth of Taekwondo from America, Steven Lopez is participating for 5th time in the Olympic Games and the British Muhammed Lutalo and both of them are targeting the higher step of the podium.  
Besides the Zaninovic sisters that competed the days before, today’s competitions are hosting another brother and sister. Rabia Guelec and Tahir Guelec grom Germany, in women and men category respectively prove once more that Taekwondo is a family sport.
While the competitions are in process, the non-qualified Baryshnikova Anastasia (RUS), Johansson Elin (SWE), Gaun Albert (RUS), Cook Aaron (MDA) and Pazinski Piotr (POL) are waiting to claim a place in the repechages. 
The matches of the European quarterfinalists for the next phase for the -80kg men category are:
Muhammed Lutato (GBR) VS Steven Lopez (USA)
Beigi Harchgani Milad (AZE) VS Khodabakhshi Mahdi (IRI)
Guelec Tahir (GER) VS Cisse Cheick Sallah Junior (CIV)
Women -67kg
Tatar Nur (TUR) VS Rabia Guelec (GER)
Haby Niare (FRA) VS Gbagbiruth Marie Christelle (CIV)
Farida Azizova (AZE) VS Tursunkulova Nigora (UZB)


Suspense has been rising as we are heading towards the finals of the third competition day for Taekwondo inside Arena Carioca 3, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The two weight categories are -80kg Men and -67kg Women. In total, three European athletes will compete to the finals, claiming the Olympic dream.
During the round of the quarterfinals, the head hunter Muhammed Lutalo (GBR) qualified to the next round after his victory against the triple Olympic medalist Steven Lopez (USA) and went to the semifinals to face the Azerbaijani Beigi Harchgani Milad who swept his quarterfinal Iranian opponent Khodabakhshi Mahdi.
Nur Tatar (TUR) got the victory against the German Rabia Guelec and along with it, got one step closer to the medals. Haby Niare (FRA) scored 5-4 against Gbagbi Ruth Marie Christelle (CIV) and passed to the semifinals, where she confronted Farida Azizova from Ajerbaijan, who elegantly took the match in the same round against the 17-year-old Tursunkulova Nigora from Uzbekistan.
Lutalo Muhammed (GBR), after a spectacular game against his Azerbajaini opponent, won a place to the finals.
In the women category, the 23-year-old Haby Niare from France, took the qualification ticket to the final match and will have the chance to claim the top of the podium, giving her country the chance to win its first gold Olympic medal in the sport of Taekwondo.
In the repechage round, the matches after the semifinals for the European athletes are scheduled as following:
Piotr Pazinski (POL) VS Tahir Guelec (GER)
The winner of the match will qualify to the next round and will compete with the Azerbaijani Beigi Harchgani Milad for the bronze medal.
As for women, Farida Azizova (AZE) will face the winner of the match between the Ivory Coast and Haiti.
The Turkish Tatar Nur is also passing bye to the repechage final round confronting the qualifier of the competition match between Canada and Chinese Taipei.
The final competitions according to the category are:
Men -80kg
Lutalo Muhammad (GBR) VS Cisse Cheick Sallah Junior (CIV)
Women -67kg 
Haby Niare (FRA) VS Oh Hyeri (KOR)


What a day!
The surprises are still on fire and no one can forecast anything in Rio 2016. Taekwondo is spreading the Olympic medals in countries and the one record meets the other.  
Muhammad Lutalo (GRB) -80kg – Lost the Gold in a blink of an eye!
Muhammad made sure that everyone would understand that he was on his way to the gold. Indeed, that was the situation up until the last second of that final match with the Ivorian Cisse Cheick. Just in that flash of second the Ivorian scored his final three points, turned the score and got the gold medal. For the record, let us not forget to mention that the Ivorian’s Gold medal is the first Olympic gold medal in the history of Ivory Coast.
Lutalo who performed amazingly every one of his matches, leaving outside the taekwondo myth Steven Lopez and the skillful Azerbaijani Beigi – who eventually won the bronze medal – was so close to the ultimate dream of every athlete, but in the end he changed its color. Muhammad Lutalo is Silver Olympic medalist and Great Britain strikes two out of two medals up to now and claims at the second place on the Rio 2016 Taekwondo Medal Ranking. 
Beigi Harchgani Milad (AZE) – He made it !
The bronze medal was the least he deserved! The Azerbaijani athlete showed his high taekwondo skills and made it all the way to the podium. Leaving outside his opponent from Mali in the round of 16, he made an amazing appearance against the Iranian Khodabakhshi Mahdi and qualified to the semifinals. Yet, his opponent there was Lutalo Muhammad. After a spectacular match, the latter claimed the qualification. Milad passed bye to the repechage and faced the Polish Piotr Pazinski, showed once again his athletic qualifications and got the valuable medal after the crucial match. Milad is the first male Olympic taekwondo medalist for the country of Azerbaijan. 
-80kg Men 
1) Cisse Cheick Sallah Junior (CIV) 
2) Muhammad Lutalo (GBR)
3) Beigi Harchgani Milad (AZE)
3) Oueslati Oussama (TUN)
Haby Niare (FRA) -67kg – Because she believed
Haby had a goal. The Olympic medal. She fought hard, with passion and determination and that lead her to the silver. Qualified to the quarterfinals against her opponent from Haiti, she found Gbagbi Christelle from the Ivory Coast. After a thrilling match she got herself to the semifinals to compete with the well prepared Nur Tatar from Turkey. That is when it seemed that Haby believed it and managed to get the victory in the last seconds. In the final round she stood before the Korean Oh Heyri and chased the top until the end. With a final score 12-13 she delivered an amazing fight! 
Nur Tatar (TUR) – Turkey’s only hope
After Servet Tazegul was left outside the medals, Tatar was the only hope for Turkey, which has quite a big collection of Taekwondo medals. Tatar qualified easily to the quarterfinals against Marton Carmen (AUS) and confronted the German Rabia Guelec. Being more focused, she managed to win the match and move on to the semifinals to compete with the French Haby Niare. Then, she fell behind and did not manage to qualify, yet she fought in the repechage against the Chinese Taipei representative and after thrilling match she made it and won the bronze medal, adding this way to Turkey another Olympic title.
-68kg Women
1) OH Hyen (KOR)
2) Niare Haby (FRA)
3) Tatar Nur (TUR)
3) Gbagbi Ruth Marie Christelle (CIV) 
Aaron Cook (MDA) – well cook-ed
There a quote saying: No expectations, no disappointments. The truth is that Aaron had created a lot of expectations around these Olympic Games. The buzz that had been created around his name, may indeed made the pressure for qualification too much to handle. Therefore, the fact that he lost from the skillful Liu Wei-Ting from Chinese Taipei from the first match, never gave him the chance to continue to the repechage and claim the bronze medal.  Cook admitted in Daily Mail that he was devastated and could not explain what happened:'I felt really good this morning in training,' he said. 'I just feel like I've let everyone down after everything I sacrificed.'
Piotr Pazinski (POL) – Not that polished
Despite the fact that Piotr did not qualify even in the quarterfinals, he got his second chance. His first opponent from Ivory Coast, Cisse Cheick, qualified all the way to the semifinals, so he drew Piotr to the repechage. There, he faced the German Tahir Guelec and got the dream of an Olympic medal one step closer – just one - since afterwards he was stopped by the Azerbaijani who won the bronze medal eventually. Piotr recognized the superiority of his opponent, rising the latter’s hand high after the match was over.
Tahir Guelec (GER) - Auf wiedersehen
Tahir qualified to the quarterfinals, yet there, he lost from Cisse Cheick from (CIV). His expectations bloomed once more, when he got to the repechage. Unfortunately not for much, since he was stopped by the Polish Pazinski.
Albert Gaun (RUS) – Wore the invisible gown
The Russian athlete did not show much of his potential, since he lost from the experienced and familiar in the Olympic Games American, Steven Lopez, in the round of 16. Steven Lopez claimed later a place in the repechage, leaving Gaun almost invisible in these Olympic Games.
Farida Azizova (AZE) - Remember her name
Farida did not manage to get herself to the medals, despite her skillset exhibition throughout her matches. She passed bye to the repechage by her loss in the semifinals by the Korean Olympian, yet she lost by the Ivorian Gbagbi. Her potential throughout the competition were more than obvious, proving that she has a long way ahead for Taekwondo glory.
Rabia Guelec (GER) – Gave her best but didn't make it !
The German athlete made it up until the quarterfinal round qualifying against Baryshnikova, yet afterwards, she was stopped by Nur Tatar who finally got the bronze medal, hence she never made it to the repechage round.
Johansson Elin (SWE) –  Not that superior indeed
Competing with the young Uzbek Tursunkulova Nigora in the round of 16, the match got to the golden point. After no scoring at all, and since the time had been completed, the Uzbek girl won the match by superiority and thus left Johansson no chance to move on, not even in the repechage.
Baryshnikova Anastasiia (RUS) – Hit the wall
The talented Russian athlete ended her journey in Rio 2016 too early. She got by surprise in her first match competing with Rabia Guelec (GER) and never had the chance to show her taekwondo skills, since Rabia did not qualify later and thus claimed a place in the repechage.





Having the round of 16 successfully completed during the 4th and final competition day of the Taekwondo in the Olympic Games of Rio, overall nine European athletes competed in the categories +67kg for women and +80kg for men. Totally, six out of nine European athletes qualified to the quarterfinals, getting for another day the European Taekwondo closer to the medal standings. In detail, totally four women and two men passed to the next round.
What you will see:
- The Serbian Milica Mandic, Gold Olympic Medalist in London 2012 trying to preserve her Olympic title.
- Azerbaijan will fight for a third Olympic medal with Isaev Radik.
- The rest GB Taekwondo team will try to claim two more Olympic medals with Mahama Cho and Bianca Walkden in men and women category respectively.
The Belarusian and Double European Champion in 2014 and 2016 Arman-Marshall Silla was disqualified from competing in Rio 2016, since he never showed up in the weigh-in of the teams.
While the competitions are in process, the non-qualified N Diaye M Bar (FRA) and Tina Skaar (NOR) are waiting to claim a place in the repechage. 
The matches of the European quarterfinalists for the next phase for the +80kg men category are:
Mardani Sajjad (IRI) VS Mahama Cho (GBR)
Dongmin Cha (KOR) VS Radik Isaev (AZE)
Women +67kg
Weekes Crystal Birthany (USA) VS Reshimie Oogink
Zheng Shuyin (CHN) VS Gwladys Epangue (FRA)
Milica Mandic (SRB) VS Bianca Walkden (GBR) 



On 20th August, the final competition day for taekwondo in Rio 2016, in total one European athlete has qualified to the finals, claiming the gold medal and four more claim the bronze medal through the repechage rounds.

The two weight categories competing today are +80kg Men and +67kg Women.





Qualified to the quarterfinals, the British Mahama Cho – who had been also favored for the gold medal – confronted the Iranian Mardani Sajjad, where he got the ticket to the semifinal round by earning the golden point.

The Azebaijani Radik Isaev surpassed his Kazakhstani opponent and won 11-2 in the first round. During the quarterfinals, he masterly took the victory to the semifinals against the skilled Korean Dongmin Cha.



In women category the only European qualifier that got herself to the semifinals was Bianca Walkden from Great Britain, after her outstanding performance against Milica Mancic (SRB) – gold medalist in London 2012.



During the semifinal round, the spectacular match between the two Europeans Mahama Cho (GBR) and the Azerbaijani Isaev Radik, left the first one claiming the bronze medal through the repechage round, while Azerbaijan will be fighting for the gold medal.

The European women did not stand that lucky either, since the British Walkden did not qualify to the fight for the gold medal, after losing the gold point against the Chinese Zheng Shuyin.




In the repechage round, the matches after the semifinals for the European athletes are scheduled as following:

Sicueira Maicon (BRA) VS N Diaye M Bar (FRA)

The winner of the match will qualify to the next round and will compete with the British Mahama Cho for the bronze medal.



In women category Bianca Walkden (GBR) is passing bye to second stage of the repechage, where she will compete against the winner of the match between Dislam Wiam (MAR) and Alora Kirstie Elaine (PHI), to achieve an Olympic title.

The French Gwladys Epangue faces the Nepalese Rawal Nisha and the qualifier of the match competes against the American Galloway Jackie.



The final competitions according to the category are:


Men -80kg

Issoufou Alfaga Abdoulrazak (NIG) VS Isaev Radik (AZE)


Women -67kg 
Espinoza Maria Del Rosario (MEX) VS Zheng Shuyin (CHN) 





Curtain falls with gold!
Curtain fell for Taekwondo in Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The biggest event for Taekwondo finds Europe counting overall 12 medals in these Olympic Games (two of them gold) many more experienced athletes to elevate the sport in the future, countries that loved Taekwondo through their Champions and many more taekwondo fans who got to know the sport on first hand.
After the completion of the 4th Competition Day the medal standings in the +80kg and +67kg category, in men and women respectively, is the following:
Men +80kg
1. Isaev Radik (AZE)
2. Issoufou Alfaga Abdoulrazak (NIG)
3. Siqueira Maicon (BRA)
3. Dongmin Cha (KOR)
Isaev Radik (AZE)– Ace of Spades
The world champion of Chelyabinsk 2016 made the Azerbaijani medal collection bigger! The Azerbaijani champion passed on to the QF scoring 11-2 to his opponent Zhaparov Rusian from Kazakhstan. Confronting the outstanding Korean Cha Dongmin, he qualified to the SF to compete with his familiar opponent Mahama Cho (GBR). The spectacular match went to the golden point round, the Azerbaijani took the point and passed on to the final for the gold! Going to the final match focused, passionate and determined, the Niger opponent Issoufou Alfaga Abdoulzarak did not proved to be enough to stop the Azerbaijani. After the 2nd round, Radik dominated the terrain and won the gold medal scoring 2 to 6. Isaev’s gold medal is the first gold medal in Tekwondo for Azerbaijan, the third medal in Taekwondo during Rio 2016 and in the Olympic Games in general for the sport.
The President of ETU Sakis Pragalos, stated: “We welcome Radik Isaev from Azerbaijan to the European Hall of Fame of the Gold Olympic Medalists. The three medals of the Azerbaijani team in Rio 2016 demonstrate their hard work and their determination to develop the sport. My cordial congratulations to the President Kamaladdin Heydarov and all the people in Azerbaijan Taekwondo Federation for their excellent work.”
Bianka Walkden (GBR) – Walks with head high
The talented Bianka seems that she has many more titles to win in her next athletic steps. Competing for the first time in Olympic Games, Bianka managed to get the bronze medal, even though it was more than obvious that she was aiming quite higher. Passing in the QF after winning against Kassman Samantha (PNG), she got herself competing with the London 2012 Gold medalist Milica Mandic (SRB). After an outstanding performance of high level taekwondo skills, Bianka won Milica 5 to 0 and passed on to the SF. In that round she had to win the Chinese Zheng Shuyin. The game got to the golden point, but the British Champion never achieved getting it. So the road to the gold stopped there and she went for the bronze. Passing bye to the repechage, she confronted the Moroccan Dislam Wiam and after a flawless victory of 0 to 4, she got herself on the podium.
Bianka’s bronze medal is the 3rd medal of the British team in Taekwondo during Rio 2016.
Women +67kg
1. Zheng Shuyin (CHN)
2. Espinoza Maria De Rosario (MEX)
3. Bianka Walkden (GBR)
3. Galloway Jackie (USA)
The other European participations
Mahama Cho (GBR) – So close though so far
He was on his way to the top. Yet the British athlete, despite the fact that he passed the skillful Iranian Mardani Sajjad in the QF by taking the golden point, he was easily stopped by the Azebaijani Isaev Radik, who was proved to be the ‘gold’ one of their category. Therefore, Cho passed bye to the repechage and tried to claim the bronze medal against the local Sicueira Maicon. The Brazilian seemed to have the upper hand, at least from the spectators’ side and Mahama never reached a place on the podium.
N Diaye M Bar (FRA) – Heavy loss
Having his first match against the Niger silver medalist Issoufou Alfaga Abdoulzarak, lost with 6-0 in points. He qualified though to the repechage, where he competed with the Brazilian Siqueira Maicon, who proved his superiority and the French ended his course there.
Silla Arman-Marshall (BLR) – Non show
The double European Champion – in Baku 2014 and Montreux 2016 was favored for the podium. Yet the athlete missed the weight in and was instantly disqualified.
Milica Mandic (SRB) -She could do better
Milica started well by trying to defend her Olympic title. In her first match she opposed Tina Skaar (NOR) and easily with a 8-2 in the points qualified to quarterfinals. The big obstacle to pass was Bianca Walkden (GBR). The two athletes meet each other over the last years many times. And Milica lost against Bianca 0-5 as it happened last May during the European Championships in Montreux at the final of their weight category. The two athletes know each other well and the balance to a fight with such a significance is very stressful. The big loss though was that Bianca didn’t make it to the final in order to pull her in repechages.  
Gwladys Epangue (FRA) – Respect
Olympic Bronze medalist in Beijing 2008, Gwladys achieved to recover after long term injury and got herself claiming a second Olympic medal after eight years, since she did not participate in the London 2012 Olympic Games. She qualified to the QF with her victory against the Ivorian Kone Mamina, yet in the SF she lost against the Chinese Zheng Shuyin, who won the gold medal. Hence, since the Chinese went up to the final roung, drew Gwladys to the repechage where she won the Nepalese Rawal Nisha, who also was one of the athletes who took the “wild card” to get to the Olympic Games. In the second stage of the repechage round, she did not achieve to pass the young American Galloway Jackie and was left outside the medals.
Reshimie Oogink (NED) - Strike while the iron is hot
Reshimie has a lot of potential and this is obvious on the terrain. She competed with all of her passion and managed to pass to the QF, where she met the American Galloway Jackie. Reshimie did not seem to be focused enough and never made it to qualify further.
Tina Skaar (NOR) – No(r)way to the medals
Tina’s dream ended too soon. Her first match with Milica Mandic was proved crucial. She lost 2 to 8 and never made it to the repechage either, since Milica was stopped later by the British Walkden.







ETU first continent in MEDALS!!!!
Thank you Rio 2016!
Amazing records for ETU at the Olympic Games in Rio! Jade Jones for Great Britain made herself the only European athlete with 2 Gold medals in Olympic Games in the row. Her outstanding determination to succeed and stand at the first step of the podium reward her  with a gold medal in -57kg for women and the third position of Great Britain in the Medal Standings of Rio 2016.   
We might have lost the leading position with a European country in Medal Standings (London 2012 – Spain 1 Gold & 2 Silver), but the statistics are still with our side since we are the first continent in medal collection at Rio 2016! ETU collected 12 medals, with ATU following with 11, AFTU with 5 and PATU with 4. “And this is the result of the development of the sport in Europe” stated ETU President, Sakis Pragalos and continued: “The job of all the National Federations in Europe is outstanding and the opportunities of competitions for athletes are numerous. Congratulations to the 42 athletes that participated and for the results of their efforts.”
Statistics RIO 2016 (in total 32 medals)
* 7 countries from Europe, in total 12 medals:  2 Gold Great Britain, Azerbaijan/ 5 Silver Great Britain, Spain, France, Russia, Serbia/ 5 Bronze Great Britain, Azerbaijan, Spain, Turkey
* First country South Korea with 5 medals (2G/3B), second China (2G)  and third Great Britain (1G/1S/1B)  
When it comes to news
Europe has now a new record to celebrate. The double Olympic Gold medal by Jade Jones (GBR) starts a new countdown to 2020 with all our hopes to achieve the unique world record with 3 in the row! Amazing results for Great Britain to bring 3 out 4 medals with 1Gold Jade Jones F-57kg / 1Silver Muhammad Luttalo M-80kg/ 1Bronze Bianca Walkden F+67kg. To this successful course Azerbaijan adds an amazing determination to make it to the medals in Olympics. It might have taken four Olympic Games to achieve, but the Gold medal of Radik Isaev, opens a new page in the country’s Olympic history. Also amazing harvest for Azerbaijan with 3 out 4 medals: 1Gold Radik Isaev M+80kg and 2Bronze Abarakova Patimat F-49kg & Beigi Harchgani Milad M-80kg.
The medals of European Team Countries are:
7 Women / 5 Men
The big surprises – in general!
No forecasts predicted all the things that happened in Rio. Olympic medalists left out, World Champions didn’t make it to the quarterfinals, and athletes were non show in weight in. In world range, the surprises started by day one. The importance is that, the sport provided a huge medal spread and especially to countries with no medals in Olympics. Ahmad Abughaush from Jordan delivered the first ever medal the country has won in Olympic competition and it was gold. In the same weight category F-57kg, the Islamic Republic of Iran won the first Olympic medal for a woman by Alizadeh Zenoorin and Egypt won their first medal for woman in taekwondo by Hedaya Wahba.  For the first time in Olympic taekwondo history, AFTU collects five medals, one more than PATU. Also, taekwondo stars proved forecasts wrong and stayed out of the medals. Among them the Gold medalist Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Jingyu Wu (CHN -49kg) and Steven Lopez (USA) that participated for the fifth time in Olympic Games.  
STATISTICS retrospection by Olympic Games
SYDNEY 2000(in total 24 medals)
* 7 countries from Europe in total 7medals:  1 Gold Greece/ 4 Silver Germany, Norway, Russia, Spain/ 2 Bronze France, Turkey
* First country South Korea with 4 medals (3G,1S) 
* First GOLD medal for Europe
ATHENS 2004(in total 24 medals)
* 3 countries from Europe in total 5 medals: 4 Silver Greece, France, Turkey/ 1 Bronze France
* First country Chinese Taipei with 3 medals (2G,1S) ASIA
BEIJIING 2008 (in total 32 medals)
* 7 countries from Europe in total 9 medals:  4 Silver Turkey, Greece, Italy, Norway / 5 Bronze Turkey, Croatia, France, Great Britain 
* First country South Korea with 4 medals (4G) 
LONDON 2012(in total 32 medals)
* 9 countries from Europe in total 16 medals: 5 Gold Spain, Turkey, Great Britain, Italy, Serbia/ 4 Silver Spain, Turkey, France/ 7 Bronze Great Britain, Italy, France, Russia, Croatia, Germany
* For the first time we have a European country leading! Spain with 3 medals (1G,2S)
ETU family welcomes a new member on board!
Dr. Michael Lehner is appointed ETU Council Member valid by today (24 August 2016) by the ETU President, Sakis Pragalos.
“I am honored and proud to be part of ETU”, stated Mr Lahner and added: “I am full of enthusiasm to start working under my new duties.” The ETU President, Sakis Pragalos welcomed the new ETU Council member and pointed out his remarkable business profile: “Dr. Michael Lehner holds a PhD in International Labour and he is a well-recognized lawyer specialized in Sports Law. I strongly believe that his contribution to ETU will be priceless.”
Dr. Michael Lehner is admitted to the bar 1983rd Lawyer and he is partner of Bornheim and Partner Rechtsanwälte. He graduated in Heidelberg and he held a teaching position at the University of Montpellier (France). Dr. Michael Lehner is a member of ISLA (International Sport Lawyers Association), the Sports Law Working Group of the DAV and the French Lawyers Association.
He is vice president of ISLA and as an arbitrator at the German Institution of Arbitration for Sport operates. Also he is co-editor and author of the handbook "Sport Law in Practice", published by W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2012 and numerous publications on sports law in journals such. B. SpuRt, Causa Sport, etc.
After the appointment of Mr. Park Soo Nam as ETU Honorary President on 23rd of April 2016, an ETU Council member position was available and now is under Dr. Michael Lehner name. 


After the successful completion of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and the European supremacy for the sport of Taekwondo, the festivities for the European Taekwondo continue!

In 2016 the European Taekwondo Union celebrates the completions of 40 years since its foundation in 1976. For the special day, an Anniversary Gala will be hosted in Bucharest, Romania, during the European Cadet Championships. The event will be held in DAIMON Club (10 Calea Piscului st., Bucharest, Romania), on Friday 9 September 2016 and between the highlights of the night will be the awarding of the TOP European athletes.


In detail, the athletic awards of the night will be the following:

1.       Gold Olympic Medallists from Sydney 2000 until Rio 2016:

Mouroutsos Michail (GRE) – Sydney 2000

Molfetta Carlo (ITA) – London 2012

Tazegul Servet (TUR) – London 2012

Mandic Milica (SRB) – London 2012

Gonzalez Bonilla Joel (ESP) – London 2012

Isaev Radik (AZE) – Rio 2016

while Jade Jones (GBR) will be endowed with a special honor award for its double gold Olympic title. (London 2012, Rio 2016)

2.    Top female/male athlete in the European Senior Championships (most gold medals)

         Coral Bistuer (ESP) 5 MEDALS

         Geremia Di Constanzo (ITA) 5 MEDALS & Servet Tazegul (TUR) 5 MEDALS

3.    Top female/male athlete in the European Senior Championships (most medals)

                  Gwladys Epangue (FRA) 7 MEDALS (3 Gold/3 Silver/1 Bronze)

                  Magomedov Seifula (RUS) 7 MEDALS (4 Gold/1 Silver/2 Bronze)

4.    Top athletes in Poomsae Championships

         Kim Kim Laura (ESP)

         Joel Van Der Weide (NED)

         Dang Dinh Ky Tu (DEN)

5.    Special Awards

         Brigida Yagüe Enrique (ESP) (Triple World Champion)

6.    Unique Records

         All-time Record: Zaninovic Lucija and Ana (CRO)

For first time in taekwondo history, twin sisters managed to win gold medals in the same sport event. (European Taekwondo Senior Championships BAKU 2014).

         Mouroutsos Michail (GRE) earned the 1st Gold Olympic Medal in the Olympic history of Taekwondo (Sydney 2000) and he was the only Gold Olympic Medallist in Europe for 12 years, until London 2012.


Delegates, partners, referees and personalities who have contributed to ETU development and evolvement will also be awarded on that exceptional night.

Proud sponsor of the ETU 40 Years Anniversary Gala is DAEDO INTERNATIONAL, which actively supports all ETU actions and contributes to the European Taekwondo events.

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