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Tregeagle Wins Gold, Real Earns Bronze on Day 3 of World Poomsae Championships

By Dan Chuang | Nov. 17, 2018, 12:48 p.m. (ET)

Julie Tregeagle performs on her way to winning gold at her first World Poomsae Championships
Taipei City, Chinese Taipei (Nov. 17, 2018) -- Team USA added a second hard-fought gold medal in addition to a bronze medal to bring its total medal count to two gold, three silver and eight bronze for the 2018 World Poomsae Championships on Saturday's third day of competition.
A second world champion was minted for Team USA in the Under 65 Individual Female Division. Julie Tregeagle advanced in single elimination over Chinese Taipei and Great Britain before meeting a former world champion from Mexico. She won the match-up with a stellar Pyongwon and Chonkwon performance to seal the win and the gold medal in her first World Poomsae Championships. Said Tregeagle of her experience at the World Poomsae Championships, "It's been amazing, it's been tiring and an endurance test, and I'm honored and thrilled to be representing the United States of America. I was just so proud to have the team's support and cheering me ... I had to perform not only for myself but for my country and my friends on the team."

Karyn Real (2nd from right) earned bronze in the Junior  Female Individual competition

Earning the other medal on the day for Team USA was Karyn Real in the Junior Female Individual Division. Real advanced through a deep field in the preliminary and semifinal cut-off rounds before encountering Korea in the Final 1 round of top-8 single elimination. In a dramatic win, she advanced over Korea in a rare victory over the dominant country to earn the bronze medal. It was Real's second time representing Team USA at the World Poomsae Championships. Said Real, "It was pretty surreal because I went into finals as the bottom (8th) seed against the first seed, Korea. I think I went into the match not expecting anything. Even though I was very nervous, my teammates told me to just have fun and that made the difference."
Several competitors made to the top 8 and just missed the medals in some close Final 1 (quarterfinal) matches. The Junior Team Male of Brandon ChoRyan Real and Ethan Sen met Korea in the Final 1 round and lost by just 0.02. The Cadet Pair,  Yuri Kim and Sergio Paez, also advanced to the top 8 in a very tough division and were stopped only by Vietnam in a close contest.
Other contestants on the day included Adalis Munoz in the Under 30 Individual Division, where she advanced over Ecuador in the round of 64 before falling to Indonesia in the round of 32 in the single elimination bracket. Munoz also represented in the Freestyle Over 17 Pair Division with partner Michael Pascua. While the pair performed well, it was not enough to advance to the finals from the semifinal group in the deep division.
Rounding out the freestyle presentation in the Freestyle Over 17 Division was Edward Jeong, who competed in the semifinal round but just missed the cut.
Also competing in the preliminary rounds of their division were the Under 30 Team Male of Sebastian "Sky" ChoiMichael Couloucoundis, and Princeton Rush, the Under 30 Female Team Eurissa CosmianoRiann Jao, and Iris Kang, the Over 30 Pair of Thoa Nguyen and Pok Sun Yang,  and the Under 65 Individual Male division, contested by Frederick Lee.


Team USA concludes competition Sunday with eight divisions, including three freestyle divisions.

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