Turkey's national taekwondo teams score 72 medals in four tournaments in just a month. A haul of 24 gold, 17 silver and 31 bronze medals put Turkish athletes consistently on the podium
Taekwondo Federation President Metin Şahin said, "We proved Turkish taekwondo's power to all the world." after Turkish national teams won 24 gold, 17 silver and 31 bronze medals in four different tournaments held within a month.
"This is the result of years of hard work. But we never confine ourselves to results. We aim to achieve more. Turkish taekwondo athletes will continue to make Turkish people proud." Turkish teams won a total of 72 medals in the European Cadets, European Para Taekwondo, Balkan Taekwondo and World Taekwondo Poomsae tournaments.
At the 10th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships held Sept. 29 to Oct. 4 in Lima, Peru, Turkish athletes won five gold, four silver and seven bronze medals. On the first day of the competition, Turkey's Kübra Dağlı and Emirhan Muran bagged the gold in the pairs under 17 category, while Mevlüt Pekcan and Olgun Kahveci later won gold for the category over 30. Elif Aybüke Yılmaz won the most valuable player award in the female category after claiming gold in the individual female under 30 division.
Elif Aybüke Yılmaz won gold in the individual females under 30 division.
In the individual males junior competition, Ji-won Kim claimed the Republic of Korea's third gold medal of the day ahead of Germany's Shajan Sepanlou (silver), Turkey's Muhammed Emir Yılmaz (bronze) and the USA's Alex Lee (bronze).
Turkey's Elif Aybüke Yılmaz won gold in the individual females under 30 division, with Peru's Marcela Castillo Tokumori coming second and Marjan Salahshouri from Iran and Claudia Cardenas from Ecuador both winning bronze. In the freestyle event, Vietnam beat Turkey to win gold in the teams under 17 division, while Russia and the USA won bronze.
In the individual males over 17 category, Jeordan Dominguez from the Philippines claimed gold ahead of Vietnam's Dinh Khoi Nguyen (silver), Colombia's Leandro Augusto Rodriguez (bronze) and Turkey's Oğuzhan Mustafa Örnek (bronze).
The Championships came to a close on Sunday with the first lady of Peru, Nancy Lange Kuczynski, attending the final day's action, which delivered a total of 10 gold medals to athletes from six different countries - Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, the Republic of Korea, Australia, Turkey and the Philippines.
A total of 55 countries and 760 athletes took part in this year's Championships - a record for the event - with the Republic of Korea topping the medals table and Turkey following in second place, said the World Taekwondo Federation.