Record-breaking 10th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships Kicks Off in Peru



LIMA, Peru (September 29, 2016) – The 10th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships got underway in Lima, Peru on September 29 with the world’s best athletes from seven divisions across five age categories competing for gold.

The seven gold medals available were split between five different countries with Korea and Turkey both finishing the day with two gold medals and Mexico, Chinese Taipei and the United States all winning one gold medal.

The results can be found below:

  • In the individual male Cadet division, it was Mexico’s William Arroyo who came out on top beating Iran’s Sepehr Abdi to the gold medal. While home favorite Santiago Aguirre Flores won bronze along with Jae-wook Yoon from Korea.
  • Over in the individual female Cadet division, Yu-ha Kim from Korea won gold with Huiyue Zhang from China taking silver and Melia Hus from the Netherlands and Sevval Yarar from Turkey claiming the two bronze medals.
  • In the male under 60 division, Turkey’s Mustafa Yilmaz secured gold, France’s Phillippe Montosi won silver and Korea’s Byoung-young Lim and Australia’s Robert Pace shared bronze.
  • Korea’s second gold of the day came in the pair under 30 division as they saw off competition from Thailand who won silver and Iran who took bronze.
  • Meanwhile, in the team under 30 category it was Chinese Taipei that finished in the gold medal position with Vietnam finishing with silver and Iran, as in the pair under 30 category, finishing with bronze.
  • In the individual Free Style over 17 division, the United States won gold, Spain won silver and the Netherlands won bronze.
  • While in the Free Style pair under 17 Turkey won gold, Spain won silver and the United States won bronze.


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In the evening there was an opening ceremony at which WTF President Chungwon Choue was joined by IOC Member and WTF Vice President Ivan Dibos; Pan America Taekwondo Union President Ji Ho Choi; Federacion Deportiva Peruana de Taekwondo president Joao Tanaka; Peru Olympic Committee President Jose Quinones Gonzalez and President of the Peruvian Sport Institute Saul Barrera.

During the opening ceremony, President Choue spoke about the impact of the inclusion of Poomsae taekwondo at the Jakarta Asian Games in 2018 and the significant increase in popularity of Poomsae around the world.

The World Championships will continue over the next three days and can be watched live on the WTF YouTube Channel. This year’s Championships has a record number of participants (55 countries, 760 athletes) competing and there will be total of 36 gold medals in both Recognized poomsae and Free Style Poomsae.

▶ Results _ 1st 10th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships 2016