© Iran vs Australia Final match (WTU)
Nov. 15, GOYANG, Korea The World Cup remains in Iranian hands thanks to the country’s male squad securing victory at the Seoul 2023 World Cup Team Championships Series, held in the western Seoul suburb of Goyang.
The Iranians left the KINTEX 2 Exhibition Center, in the western Seoul suburb of Goyang, with not just the World Cup itself, but $20,000 in prize money.
The title match pitted Iran, 2019’s winning squad, against the tournament’s dark horse, Team Australia.
Action commenced with Iran starting out strong, hitting hard and being hard to hit - but Australia found its feet and bought the match back to near parity, losing Round 1 by just five points.
The second round proceeded along a similar trajectory, albeit with Iran suffering a series of gamjeons. But the Iranians showed their quality by winning it in the second – albeit, with just another five-point margin.
That left the Aussies hefting silver medals and taking home $10,000 in prize money after having establishing themselves as a new force to be reckoned with in this competition.
Third place – and $5,000 - went to Brazil, who won bronze in an absolute scorcher of a fight against China.
The wins and the prize money were hard earned.
Team combat has always been Taekwondo’s most rough-and-tumble fighting format - but even by that standard, today’s bouts were exceptionally fierce.
In the second semi, Iran took on the very aggressive Team Brazil. Brazil was game but Iran, showed their quality with a 2-0 wipeout.
In the morning quarter finals Australia had knocked out Mexico 2-0. China had defeated Côte d’Ivoire in a thriller of a bout that saw the winners bounce back from behind to grab a 2-1 victory in the final seconds of Round 3.
Iran had taken out Korea in a fast-and-furious 2-1 win that had the crowd on its feet. And in the last of the quarters, Brazil had dispatched Morocco 2-0 in a highly combative bout that had seen a game Moroccan squad lose a man to injury.
Male teams comprise three fighters, competing over three, three-minute rounds.
At the 2023 World Cup, female, male and mixed-gender teams are fighting over three days from Nov. 14-16. Australia, Brazil, China, Côte d'Ivoire, Iran, Korea, Mexico and Morocco are all fielding teams.
Tomorrow, on the championships’ last day, the mixed gender teams do battle.
15일 경기도 고양시 킨텍스에서 김경덕(영천시청), 김지현, 이승구(이상 대전광역시청), 강민우(수원시청)로 구성된 남자 단체팀이 '서울 2023 월드태권도 월드컵 팀 챔피언십 시리즈' 8강에서 이란 팀에 1-2로 패해 메달 획득에 실패했다.
결국 이란은 결승에서 호주를 2-0으로 꺾고 우승하며 상금 2만불을 차지 했다.
월드컵 팀 챔피언십 시리즈는 파워태권도 방식으로 진행되는 국제 대회다.
출전 선수들은 200점씩 주어지는 상대 파워바를 먼저 차감하는 쪽이 승리하는 방식으로 겨룬다.
대한태권도협회는 겨루기 경기방식 개선과 친 미디어형 태권도를 위해 2019년부터 지난해까지 국내 선수들이 경쟁하는 파워태권도 경기를 열었고, 올해는 해당 대회가 WT 주관 월드컵 국제대회로 개편됐다.
국내대회 개인전 75㎏ 이하급 결승에선 김정제(용인대)가 이준호(영천시청)를 2-0으로 누르고 우승했다.
내일은 대회 마지막 날로 남녀 혼성팀 경기를 진행 한다.