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NZ Top 16 Placing at World Championships

24 Jul. 2013 Posted by Garry Carpenter


Dafydd Sanders secured a top 16 placing at the 2013 WTF World Taekwondo Championships held in Puebla Mexico, 15th - 21st July. Dafydd beat Kuwait in the men's under 87kgs division and then went on to face Ivory Coast who withdrew from injury. After that Dafydd fought Jamaica and, after a spirited 2nd round round effort from Dafydd the Jamaican edged out to an 18-4 win. Nonetheless, this has given New Zealand a top 16 finish and a great effort from Dafydd.
New Zealand sent 7 athletes to compete with a mixture of experience and new talent. On Day One Desmond Allen put up a good fight against Vietnam keeping the gap close in the second round of the male under 58kgs, before losing 3-13. Andrea Kilday drew the world number-one ranked Canadian in the female under under 46kgs, with Canada winning 7-1. On to Day Two and Alan Brien lost to Poland 4-1 playing catch-up most of the way but with a strong finish in the under 74kgs men's.
Our first new comer to the World Championships environment this year was Thomas Oh on Day Three who also drew a strong Poland up first. While the final score was 13-1 to Poland, Thomas gave it his all in the men's under 68kgs and rallied a great effort throughout the match gaining valuable experience. Day Four saw no competition for the NZ team and this was an opportunity to take a much needed break and get out in the fresh air to take in some sight-seeing and clear the mind before the remainder of the competition.
Back to the action on Day Five which was Dafydd's day of competition and then onto Day Six with our second new comer Malcolm Holmes taking on Kuwait in the men's under 63kgs division and scoring well during the second round before Kuwait took the win 15-5. The last day was a long wait for Vaughn Scott to finally compete and who got a bye in the draw to face Iran who defeated Korea in the first round of his division, men's under 80kgs. Vaughn kept the score close in the first round 2-4 and stayed in contention in the second 3-7 before an exciting last round with Iran winning 11-8 overall.
This event saw real consistency in the refereeing and scoring standards which made all of the matches great to watch. Our very own Master Stan Wagner was also officiating as an international referee. The people of Puebla really embraced the event. Athletes and officials were regularly being asked to sign authographs and have their photos taken with the locals. A great atmosphere was felt by everyone.
TNZ congratulates all seven athletes on their efforts and looks forward to seeing them pass on their experience once they return to New Zealand as well as continue to grow and benefit from competing at what was a very high standard event for world championship level this year. Also, a big thanks to Master Mark Hall for his efforts in coaching the team and to Master Mike Hannah for his services as team manager and getting the team to and from Mexico safely as usual.