Philippines Calamba becomes world’s best in Women’s Freestyle
Day 2 of the 7th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships lived up to
the high standard set by the first day. The stands were packed again all day as
fans came to cheer on their favorite nations. While their enthusiasm for their
teams filled the San Antonio Coliseum, it was Korea that dominated the second
day by taking every gold medal, save the Women’s Freestyle competition.
The Korean flag and national anthem was played 6 times during medal
ceremonies as they stood atop of the medal podium in Male and Female under 29,
under 49, and under 59 age categories. While all impressed the judges with
their near perfect moves and almost as flawless presentation, it was Su-Ji Kang
that had the crowd “ooing” and “awing” with her angelic
grace and unmatched flexibility. Kang scored the highest marks of the
competition so far that put her comfortably in front of her fellow, and also
Wang-Kon Hwang displayed an impressive final set to claim the Male under
29 gold medal. Cheol Hee Lee and Kyeong Ran Oh sailed through their final
routines in Male and Female under 49 categories respectively to put gold around
their necks. Their senior teammates Byoung Yong Lim and Yeong Ae Seo matched
their results in their respective Male and Female under 59 categories.
But the loudest cheers once again came for the Freestyle Poomsae
division as the Women took their turn to kick, twist, and flip their way across
Mikeala Calamba of the Philippines edged her way into the gold medal
slot by delivering and exhilarating performance that displayed her unparalleled
flexibility and balance. But her competitors didn’t give up the fight for the
first ever Freestyle title. Vietnam’s Chau Tuyet Van was just barely behind
Calamba to take the silver. Indonesia’s Defia Rosmaniar and USA’s Ann
Bernadette Rodriguez also gave action-packed performances to claim bronze
With Korea’s big win today, they found themselves ahead in the medal
standing with 6 gold, a silver, and a bronze. The USA, though in first place
after day one, added three medals to say in the top two with 3 gold, 1 silver,
and two bronze medals. A total of 18 countries have received medals over the
first two days.
Day three will see more excitement will fill the Coliseum as Male and
Female under 39 compete and the first team competition will begin with Male and
Female under 29.
Norges Kampsportforbund (NKF) er det tiende st?rste s?rforbundet under Norges idrettsforbund og olympiske og paralympiske komité (NIF). Forbundet er lokalisert p? Ullev?l stadion i Oslo. NKF organiserer over 20 kampidretter, hvorav karate, taekwondo, jujutsu, wushu og kendo er de fremste konkurranseidrettene.