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Taekwondo

USAT Sparring and Poomsae Athletes Preparing for Pan Ams

Aug. 05, 2014, 5:15 p.m. (ET)

Elite athletes throughout the Americas are preparing for the 2014 Pan American Taekwondo Championships, which will take place Sept. 12-14 at the Olympic Gym in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

The international event will feature athletes from the 42 member nations of the Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU) and include competition in poomsae and senior division sparring. The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and the PATU will govern the rules and regulations of this event.

In senior division sparring, male and female athletes in eight categories—fin, fly, bantam, feather, light, welter, middle and heavy—will compete in single-elimination brackets. Each country may register only one athlete per weight category, and all sparring competitors must be at least age 17.

Select USA Taekwondo Senior National Team members have received invitations to compete in this event. These team members advanced to the semifinals of the World Class Black Belt division at the 2013 USAT National Championships, advanced to the finals in their divisions at the 2014 USAT National Team Trials and won their divisions at the 2014 USAT National Team Fight-Off.

For more detailed information on the senior sparring competition at the 2014 Pan American Championships, including registration, click HERE.

In poomsae, athletes will compete in the following categories: individual—cadet, junior, first senior, second senior, first master, second master, third master and fourth master; mixed pairs—cadet, junior, first pair and second pair; male and female team—cadet, junior, first team and second team; and freestyle—mixed team. Each country may register up to two individuals, pairs or teams in all poomsae categories.

To be eligible to compete in poomsae, an athlete must have placed first or second at the 2014 USA Taekwondo National Championships in the World Class Poomsae divisions or Cadet Black Belt divisions in San Jose, Calif. Should either the first- or second-place finishers decline to compete, the third-place finisher may take that athlete’s spot. Should any two of the first-, second- or third-place finishers decline to compete, the fourth-place finisher may take the spot. If all of the 2014 USAT National Championships medalists in a division decline to compete for any reason, then the U.S. will not be represented in that division.

All first- and second-place poomsae athletes who are interested in competing at the 2014 Pan American Championships must notify USAT National Poomsae Coach Barbara Brand at bbrandstc@gmail.com by August 11. Any eligible athlete who does not declare his or her intent to compete by August 11 shall be considered as declining the position, and the next eligible athlete shall be offered the spot. Third- and fourth-place finishers who are interested in competing at this event should send an email to Brand to reserve a spot on the waiting list in case a position becomes available.

For more detailed information on the poomsae competition at the 2014 Pan American Championships, including registration, click HERE.

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