POSTED: Monday December 7th 2015
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RIO 2016 BECKONS FOLLOWING WTF WORLD TAEKWONDO GRAND PRIX FINAL

48 athletes secure qualification places for Rio 2016 at WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final

07 December; Mexico City, Mexico: The 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final came to a close in Mexico City, Mexico last night with 48 of the world’s best taekwondo athletes from 26 countries securing qualification places at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games during two days of exciting and dramatic competition.

A total of 64 of the sport’s highest-ranked athletes from 28 countries were invited to take part in the season finale at the Sala de Armas - the Mexico 1968 Olympic fencing venue. Athletes competed across eight Olympic weight categories - four male and four female - as they battled it out to try and end the year as WTF Grand Prix champions and secure a qualification place at Rio 2016. The top-six ranked athletes in each weight category after the competition guaranteed their country a place at next year’s Olympic Games.

On the first day of competition, the gold medals were split between China, France, Korea and Great Britain, with China’s Jingyu Wu winning gold in the female -49kg category, Haby Niare from France taking gold in the female -67kg category, Korea’s Tae-Hun Kim securing gold in the male -58kg category and Great Britain’s Lutalo Muhammad finishing on top in the male -80kg category.

On the second day of competition, much to the dismay of the home crowd, Mexico twice missed out on the top prize with Egypt, Iran, China and Korea all taking gold. Egypt’s Hedaya Malak won gold in the female -57kg category, Iran’s Sajjad Mardani took gold in the male +80kg category, China’s Shuyin Zheng secured gold in the +67kg category and Korea’s Dae-Hoon Lee won gold in the male -68kg category.

Speaking after the competition, WTF President Chungwon Choue said:

“The WTF Grand Prix Final was a fantastic way to end what has been one of our best WTF Grand Prix Series. We were treated to two days of intense competition with our athletes delighting the passionate crowd through a mixture of power, speed and skill. Athletes from 14 different countries won the 24 medals available, reinforcing just how global taekwondo is and how high the standard of taekwondo is across the world.

“It was appropriate that with qualification places at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio up for grabs the competition should take place at such an historic Olympic venue where so many Olympic moments have been made. The Olympic Games are the very pinnacle of our sport. London 2012 was a landmark moment for taekwondo as it allowed us to reach a larger audience than ever before and grow the sport’s popularity worldwide. I have no doubt we will build on that momentum at Rio 2016 and I look forward to seeing many of the athletes that competed here in Mexico in Rio next year.”

Today, the WTF Council will convene for an Extraordinary WTF Council meeting where the Road to Rio and the latest developments on the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation are expected to feature prominently on the agenda. The second edition of the highly successful WTF Gala Awards will follow this evening as the WTF family gathers to celebrate and honour the best athletes, coaches and referees. The 2015 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships will be the last event to take place in the Mexican capital, with 89 athletes from eight male and seven female teams set to compete in the innovative two day competition.

ENDS

For more information contact:

Justin Shea on +44 7917 825412

or at sg@wtf.org

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Name: Justin Shea
Organization: World Taekwondo Federation
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