MUJU, Korea (Nov. 3, 2023) – The World Taekwondo Poomsae Open Challenge action got underway today at the Taekwondowon in Muju, Korea, with the USA and Korea taking the women’s and men’s National Team Freestyle Individual Over 17 golds, respectively.
The first day of competition also saw inspiring performances across a range of individual open categories, including the men’s Under 30 and Under 50, as well as the women’s Under 40 and Junior divisions. The full results and list of winners can be found clicking here.
Meanwhile, in the men’s National Team Freestyle Individual Over 17 competition, Korea’s Untae Jang claimed gold with an impressive score of 9.10. He was closely followed by Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games gold medallist Darius Venerable of the Philippines who took silver with a score of 8.98. The podium was completed by Japan’s Yumi Yanagi who earned a score of 8.52 to take the bronze medal.
In the women’s National Team Freestyle Individual Over 17 competition, the USA’s Kyra Chan clinched gold with a score of 7.68, while Japan’s Yuiko Niwa scored 6.66 to take silver.
The Poomsae Open Challenge will continue tomorrow in Muju with individual, pair and team competitions across a range of categories.
More than 500 Taekwondo Poomsae athletes all over the world have registered for the event alongside 58 officials, with 19 countries represented.