The record-breaking World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships began in Goyang today with female athletes in the recognized team over 30 and recognized single under 65 kicking off the tournament in style and showcasing athletes of all ages can excel in Poomsae.
In the women’s recognized team over 30, it was the team from Korea, comprising M. Kim, Y.S Choi, and M.J Jang, who took the gold medal, with USA claiming silver and Brazil and Mexico sharing bronze.
In the women’s under 65, Barbara Brand of the USA saw off the challenge of Belgium’s Vera Moens to win gold with the Belgian taking silver. Canada’s Shelley Vettese Baert and Austria’s Leni Niedermayr secured the bronze medals.
Before the Championships began, a spectacular Opening Ceremony was held which featured media art, and a creative and colourful LED light display, as well as a performance from the awe-inspiring World Taekwondo Demonstration team.
“Taekwondo is a gift to the world and is a great unifier of society, but Poomsae in particular is truly a sport for all. You just have to look at the athletes who are competing in Goyang this week – we have athletes who are teenagers and we have athletes who are grandparents. Age is truly just a number to Taekwondo.