Taekwondo

Nov 30 U.S. Opens Strong at World Poomsae Championships

Nov. 30, 2009, 5:29 p.m. (ET)

The U.S. National Poomsae Team put forth a strong effort on Monday during the opening day of the 4th WTF World Poomsae Championships in Cairo Egypt.

Junior male Christopher Tran (Anaheim, Calif.) made the final round and finished in 8th place, marking the best-ever finish for a U.S. competitor in the highly-contested Junior Male division. Tran was in 5th place heading into the final round with scores higher than Iran and Spain. The gold medal was won by Korea, with China taking the silver and the bronze medals going to Vietnam and France.

Junior female Shannon Chang (Dallas, Texas) made it to the semi-final round and placed 12th overall, also the highest finish for the U.S. in the Junior Female division. Korea captured the gold medal in that division as well.

David Turgeon (Amston, Conn.), competing in the 1st Master Male division also made the semi-final round and finished in 9th place, narrowly missing the final selection round. Turgeon improved on his ranking from last year despite the division increasing in size, and his 9th place was another best-ever finish for the U.S. in that division. The gold medal went to Korea, the silver medal to Denmark, and the bronze medals to Turkey and Italy.

Reggie Ubiadas (Chatsworth, Calif.) and Dure Chang (Anchorage, Alaska) made the final round in the 2nd Pair division and finished 8th overall. Italy captured the gold medal.

The competition schedule for the U.S. team over the final two days is as follows:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

1st SENIOR MEN
Justin Wang
(Baldwin Park, Calif.)

1st SENIOR WOMEN
Lilian Angel
(Orange, Calif.)

1st PAIR
Muhammad Chishti
(Carlsbad, Calif.)
Lilian Angel (Orange, Calif.)

2nd MASTER MEN
Reggie Ubiadas (Chatsworth, Calif.)

2nd MASTER WOMEN
Noreen Thackrey
(Fresno, Calif.)

2nd TEAM MEN
David Turgeon (Amston, Conn.) 
Garth Cooley (Carmel, Ind.)
Ron Southwick (East Lansing, Mich.)

2nd TEAM WOMEN
Barbara Brand
(Sacramento, Calif.)
Tara Zielenski (Sacramento, Calif.)
Anacleta Thorne (Elk Grove, Calif.)


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

2nd SENIOR MEN
Chau Van Truong
(St. Paul, Minn.)

2nd SENIOR WOMEN
Akiko Reyes
(Chatsworth, Calif.)

1st MASTER WOMEN
Dure Chang
(Anchorage, Alaska)

1st TEAM MEN
Rocky Cao
(San Jose, Calif.)
Albert Jong (San Jose, Calif.)
Alvin Jong (San Jose, Calif.)

1st TEAM WOMEN
Madison Motoyasu
(Santa Clarita, Calif.)
Mariel Calinog (Granada Hills, Calif.)
Maisey Calinog (Granada Hills, Calif.)

Read more about the event on the WTF website.

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