Taekwondo World Championship 2022: South Korea is still king
After Tokyo 2020 Games Nightmarish and mixed results in the taekwondo circuit, the most successful country in Olympic and World Taekwondo Championship history, South Korea, showed some progress in Mexico.
The Koreans did not win any gold in Tokyo and, in a foreshadowing of what to expect in Paris, they finished the tournament with two gold medals with Doyun Kwonwinner of the category up to 68 kg men and Park Woo-Hyeok (men 80 kg).
It was a spectacular victory for 2019 Manchester bronze medalist Woo-Hyeok, who has only been on the podium twice this season, finishing third at the Furaijah Open and the Rome Grand Prix.
Looking at the ticket for the Paris Olympics, the 22-year-old says there will be more Korean wins in this category as he tries to “write a new story”.
The two are part of a new generation of Korean fighters who hope to fill the gap vacated by some of the sport’s legends and led by Dae-hoon Leea three-time world champion who ended his career after Tokyo.
And you can never delete the People’s Republic of China.
The versatile Chinese team won gold in the men’s under 63 kg category Yushua Liang as in form Lou Zongshi won her first world title in the 57 kg category.
Zongshi has been in great form this season, winning Grands Prix in Rome, Paris and Manchester.
Current Asian gold medalist defeated Lo Chia-ling from Chinese Taipei in the final after a fierce battle with the two-time Olympic champion Great Britain Jade Jones in the semi-final.