Vietnam wins gold at World Taekwondo Championship

The Vietnamese team won a gold medal at the World Taekwondo Championship which wrapped up in Colombia on December 10.

The squad of five martial artists received their title in the freestyle event with a total of 7,970 points.

Nguyen Dinh Toan (L) and Nguyen Minh Tu.

Philippines ranked second with 270 points less. China, one of the title favorites, was in third position, with 7,670 points.

With one gold, six silver and one bronze medal, Vietnam came sixth out of 21 teams.

In the other final later, champions Nguyen Dinh Toan and Nguyen Minh Tu failed to defend their crown, finishing second in the mixed-pairs under-20 category.

Toan and Tu took the lead in the group round and entered the final as the strongest pair. They scored 7,520 points.

However their performance was not as successful as Qiao Zhi and Quan Xue Yan from China who earned 7,535 points to take the gold medal. Toan and Tu were left with silver.

World champion Toan also failed to shine at the men’s single event as he ranked fifth overall.

Coach Le Minh Khuong shared Best Coach title with the Republic of Korea’s Jae Jin Kang.

The Republic of Korea proved to be No 1 with eight gold, two silver and one bronze. They were followed by Iran who bagged two gold, three silver and three bronze and the US with two gold medals, one silver and one bronze.

The result was unexpected for Vietnam, because Vietnam had targeted at least three gold medals, as they did last year.

Translated by MT

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