Taekwondo

Oct 30 What a wonderful Worlds: U.S. earns seven medals at Poomsae World Championships

Oct. 30, 2013, 2:51 p.m. (ET)

Team USA finished the 8thWTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in style, winning three bronze medals on the final day, which improved the competition total to seven—two gold, one silver and four bronze.

The seven total medals for the U.S. tied its best performance at a World Championships (seven medals in 2012) and earned the fifth place team trophy.

Medal breakdown
Korea- 7 gold, 4 silver, 0 bronze
Vietnam- 3 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze
Philippines- 3 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
Iran- 2 gold, 4 silver, 5 bronze
United States- 2 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze

The Male Under-17 Team (Junior Team) of Robert Hennings, Matthew Lee and Ryan Tucker; the Male Over-29 Team (2nd Male Team) of Anh Nguyen, Chau Truong and Justin Wang; and the Female Over-29 Team (2nd Female Team) of Elva Adams, Kathy Do and Rosalyn Le all earned bronze on the final day of competition.  

The Freestyle Team of Hazel Cruz, Kelsey Ha, Kody Han, Long Nguyen and Lance Supnet put together a fifth place effort, while Anacleta Thorne finished seventh in the Female Under-59 (2nd Master) division.

The Male Under-29 Team (1st Male Team) of Kody Han, Huy Nguyen and Long Nguyen took ninth, and Megan Yi finished 13th in the Female Under-29 (1st Senior) division, rounding out competition for Team USA.

The seven U.S. medals at the 8thWTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships (Bali, Indonesia) were:

Gold
Female Over-59 (Female 3rd Master) Noreen Thackrey
Pair Over-29  (2nd Pair) Rosalyn Le and Justin Wang

Silver
Male Under-59 (Male 2nd Master) Reggie Ubiadas

Bronze
Male Over-59 (Male 3rd Master) Chi Duong
Male Under-17 Team (Junior Team) of Robert Hennings, Matthew Lee and Ryan Tucker
Male Over-29 Team (2nd Male Team) of Anh Nguyen, Chau Truong and Justin Wang
Female Over-29 Team (2nd Female Team) of Elva Adams, Kathy Do and Rosalyn Le
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Rosalyn Le and Justin Wang led the way for Team USA on the third day of competition at the 8th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Bali, Indonesia, as the Over-29 Pair (2nd Pair) took gold, earning the fourth U.S. medal of the competition.

The gold medal performance propelled Team USA to a fourth medal at this year’s World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships, giving the U.S. its second best performance at a Poomsae World Championships with one day to go (seven medals in 2012).

Team USA nearly climbed the medal stand again when four-time World medalist Akiko Reyes and Kelsey Ha finished fifth in the Individual Female Under-49 (1st Master) and Individual Female Free Style divisions, respectively.

The Under-17 Female Team (Junior Team) of Sarah Min, Cindy Asano and Mara Miyashiro earned seventh in the division, while Under-29 Pair (1st Pair) Thanh-Van Huynh and Harry Nguyen earned 14th, while Eddie Jeong took 16th in the Individual Male Under-29 (1st Senior) division.

Competition wraps up on Nov. 3, as the final seven divisions take to the mat. Representing Team USA on Sunday are:

Male Under-17 Team (Junior Team)- Robert Hennings, Matthew Lee, Ryan Tucker
Male Under-29 Team (1st Male Team)- Kody Han,  Huy Nguyen, Long Nguyen
Male Over-29 Team (2nd Male Team)- Anh Nguyen, Chau Truong, Justin Wang
Female Over-29 Team (2nd Female Team)- Elva Adam, Kathy Do, Rosalyn Le
Freestyle Team- Hazel Cruz, Kelsey Ha, Kody Han, Long Nguyen, Lance Supnet
Female Under-29 (1st Senior)- Megan Yi
Female Under-59 (2nd Master)- Anacleta Thorne

Stay tuned to www.usa-taekwondo.us for updates.
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Reggie Ubiadas became the third American to climb the medal stand at the 8th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Bali, Indonesia, on Friday after claiming the Individual Male Under-59 category (2nd Master) silver medal. Team USA now has three medals (one gold, one silver and one bronze) and ranks T-sixth in the competition.

Medal breakdown
Korea- 4 gold, 3 silver, 0 bronze
Iran- 1 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze

Vietnam- 1 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze
Spain- 2 gold, 0 silver, 2 bronze
Thailand- 1 gold, 0 silver, 3 bronze
U.S.- 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
Chinese Taipei- 0 gold, 0 silver, 3 bronze

Ubiadas’ silver was the first World Championship medal of his career, and led all U.S. results on the day. Korea took gold in the event, while Spain and the Netherlands earned bronze.

Under-17 Pair (Junior) Ryan Tucker and Sarah Min started the day by just missing the event semifinal and taking seventh.

Individual Female and Male Under-39 (2nd Senior) competitors Sarah LaVan and Jason Hwang finished seventh and 10th, respectively.

Kody Han finished 11th in the Individual Male Free Style to round out Day 2 action for Team USA.

Competition continues in Bali Nov. 2, as 10 more U.S. athletes take to the mat. The Saturday lineup:

Male Under-29 (1st Senior)- Eddie Jeong
Female Under-49 (1st Master) - Akiko Reyes
Pair Under-29 (1st Pair)- Thanh-Van Huynh/Harry Nguyen
Pair Over-29 (2nd Pair)- Rosalyn Le/Justin Wang
Under-17 Female Team (Junior Team)- Sarah Min, Cindy Asano, Mara Miyashiro
Free Style Individual Female- Kelsey Ha
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Noreen Thackrey won her fourth World Championships medal and first time World Championships competitor Chi Duong took bronze as Team USA kicked things off at the 8th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Bali, Indonesia. Team USA’s two medals rank fourth (tied with Spain) at the competition after the first day.

Medal breakdown
Korea- 2 gold, 3 silver, 0 bronze
Iran- 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
Vietnam- 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
U.S.- 1 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze
Spain- 1 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze

Thackrey took gold in the Individual Female Over-59 category (Female 3rd Master), defending her 2012 title. It was Thackrey’s fourth World Championship medal (2007 bronze in Female 2nd Master and Female 2nd Team; 2012 gold in Female 3rd Master).

Duong ‘s bronze came in the Individual Male Over-59 category (Male 3rd Master).

Kelsey Ha and Long Nguyen took sixth in the Dynamic Free Style Pair, an event that is in its second year at the WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships.

Four eighth place finishes rounded out the day for Team USA: Ryan Tucker and Sarah Min in Individual Male and Female Under-17 (Junior), respectively; the Female Under-29 Team (1st Team) of Michelle Chen, Carissa Fu and Miyako Yerick; and Garth Cooley in the Individual Male Under-49 category (Male 1st Master).

Competition continues in Bali Nov. 1, as six Americans look to build on a solid first day of competition. The Friday slate includes:

Male Under-39 (2nd Senior) - Jason Hwang
Female Under-39 (2nd Senior) - Sarah LaVan
Male Under-59 (2nd Master) - Reggie Ubiadas
Pair Under-17 (Junior Pair) - Ryan Tucker/Sarah Min
Free Style Individual Male - Kody Han
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The U.S. National Poomsae Team is just hours from the 2013 WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Bali, Indonesia, and coach Muhammad Chishti is on the ground bringing all the action to the U.S.

By Muhammad Chishti

The 8th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships kick off in Bali, Indonesia, today, where the United States' 33 National Team athletes will showcase their technical skills against more than 400 of the world's best. A total of 25 gold medals are up for grabs at this year's World Championships.

The U.S. Team finished final preparations for the World Championships over the past three days, during which athletes participated in formal training sessions twice a day. The training allowed athletes to adjust to the climate and time zone difference, as well as make final technical adjustments to their Poomsae routines. The U.S. Team coaching staff conducted mock competitions, analyzed video and relayed technical updates emphasized by the tournament committee.

Today, six divisions will compete, including the Individual Female Over-59 category, in which defending 2012 World Champion Noreen Thackrey will represent the U.S. In the Individual Male Over-59 category, first-time team member Chi Duong will represent the U.S.

Also competing today are Individual Male and Female Under-17 athletes Ryan Tucker and Sarah Min. Garth Cooley rounds out the individual competitors in the Individual Male Under-49 category.

Team and pair athletes competing today include Michelle Chen, Carissa Fu and Miyako Yerick in the Female Team Under-29 group, as well as Long Nguyen and Kelsey Ha in the dynamic Free Style Pair category.

The 8th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships run Oct. 31-Nov. 3. Action begins at 10 a.m. local time/10 p.m. EDT (Oct. 30).

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