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Youth Olympic Games Qualifier & World Junior Championships Set To Begin

April 05, 2018, 1:40 p.m. (ET)


HAMMAMET, Tunisia (April 5, 2018) -- An American team of 22 teenagers is set to compete in Tunisia over the coming week as the World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and the 2018 World Taekwondo Junior Championships will take place in the seaside resort of Hammamet from April 6-13.

The World Taekwondo Qualification Tournament for the Youth Olympic Games will feature five female and five male weight categories for ages 16-17. The top eight in each category qualify for the 2018 Youth Summer Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in October. The two-day competition takes place April 6-7 and will feature 438 athletes from 111 countries.

Following that, the 2018 World Taekwondo Junior Championships will hold competition April 9-13 in 10 female and 10 male weight categories for ages 15-17. The 12th edition of the event will feature 962 athletes representing 120 countries.

The daily lineup for Team USA is as follows:



Friday, April 6
Sharif Salim 
(Calif.) - Male -48kg
Anastasija Zolotic (Fla.) - Female -49kg

Saturday, April 7
Garrett Batt 
(Va.) - Male -55kg
Khalfani Harris (Fla.) - Male -63kg
Ashleigh Ogan (Carson, Calif.) - Female -44kg
Melanie Diaz (Texas) - Female +63kg



Monday, April 9
Melvy Alvarez 
(Conn.) - Male -45kg
Sharif Salim (Calif.) - Male -48kg
Ellie Bezanson (Wash.) - Female -42kg
Katie Smith (Omaha, Neb.) - Female -44kg

Tuesday, April 10
Vincent Bui 
(Calif.) - Male -51kg
Garrett Batt (Va.) - Male =55kg
Nicole Pelina (Northridge, Calif.) - Female -46kg
Faith Dillon (Las Vegas, Nev.) - Female -49kg

Wednesday, April 11
Julian KB Kim 
(Va.) - Male -59kg
Khalfani Harris (Fla.) - Male -63kg
Anastasija Zolotic (Fla.) - Female -52kg
Naomi Bennett (Minn.) - Female -55kg

Thursday, April 12
CJ Nickolas 
(Calif.) - Male -68kg
Zak Day (Littleton, Colo.) - Male -73kg
Aliyah Shipman (Fla.) - Female -59kg
Julie Zlochevskiy (Minn.) - Female -63kg

Friday, April 13
Evan Gray 
(Atlanta, Ga.) - Male -78kg
Vlado Duvnjak (Minn.) - Male +78kg
Alena Viana (Nev.) - Female -68kg
Mason Porch (N.M.) - Female +68kg

The team will be coached by Gergely Salim, Dennis White, Dennis Kim and Eui Lee.

Follow USA Taekwondo's website ( and social media pages for updates throughout the week.

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Ashleigh Ogan

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Katie Smith

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Nicole Pelina

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Faith Dillon

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Julian Kim

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Zak Day

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Evan Gray