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Tae Kwon Do: silver medal Hamalidis, bronze Telikostoglou in G2 in Belgium


Two medals, two fifth places and several points in the Tae Kwon Do world ranking ahead of the “Paris 2024” Olympic Games.

This was the story of our pre-Olympic team in the powerful international G2 tournament called BELGIAN OPEN held in Lommel.

Konstantinos Hamalidis, third at the 2021 European Championships in Sofia, won silver with -68kg, while 2019 “silver” world champion in Manchester, Apostolis Telikostoglou, took bronze with -80kg. In addition, the pre-Olympic team presented by the Hellenic Taekwondo Federation, had two fifth places with the protagonists Nasia Mitsopoulou (-67kg) and Phaedra Kaltekis (-57kg).

Hamalidis, number 1 on the board, on the way to the final had four victories, namely 2-0 (10-4, 6-5) over American Young, 2-1 (4-3, 1-4, 7 – 6) over the Belgian Ali, 2-0 (7-1, 7-6) over the French Tselamootto, while in the semifinals he had a bye after the Turkish Cavurat did not compete due to injury. In claiming the gold medal, he faced Uzbek Pulatov from whom he lost 2-0 (4-1, 9-0), thus placing second in the -68 kg category where a total of 57 athletes participated.

At -80kg, Telikostoglou did not drop a set until the semifinals. They defeated Björgvinsson (Iceland / 3-2, 12-1), Antilkhanov (Kazakhstan / 14-6, 9-5) and Ruiz Domenech (Spain / 7-1, 6-3) 2-0, only to lose by 2 – 1 (3-2, 5-7, 6-4) in the quartet of Uzbeko Salaev, Asian champion in 2022 in Chancheon, South Korea.

Kaltekis and Mitsopoulou had two wins in three matches. Caltech defeated Croatisa Dinkovic 2-0 (2-0, 7-2) and Harnsugin of Thailand 2-1 (2-4, 7-2, 8-8), but were defeated in the quarterfinals by Marton (Hungary). with 2 -0 (5-1, 4-0). Mitsopoulou defeated Yukumbova of France 2-1 (3-0, 7-12, 8-5) and Lamanda of Indonesia 2-0 (4-3, 5-4), but lost to the world champion in the round of 16 of 2022 in Guadalajara, Single of Mexico 2-0 (6-2, 8-4).

The “silver” world champion in 2022 in Mexico, Thenia Sarvanakis, made her first appearance at -67 kg, with a victory in two matches (including the 2-1 defeat against the number 1 on the board, the French owner of two world medals). and nine European medals, Viet Enin), while the 7th Olympic medalist from Tokyo, Fenia Tzeli (-62kg), came with two victories until the round of 16, where she was defeated 2-0 by the 2022 World champion in Guadalajara , Tsaari. from Belgium. Dionysis Rapsomanikis was also left out of the round of 16 in the -58 kg category.

The coaches of the pre-Olympic team are Theodoros Zinelis and Pantelis Efraimidis.

source: iefi merida



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