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Korean dominance

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SCHOOLGIRL Kim So-hui won South Korea's first gold medal of the world taekwondo championships yesterday to temporarily banish fears the country's dominance of the martial art was in danger. The 17-year-old Kim beat...

Probe into taekwondo ruling

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AN investigation into the disqualification of a Taiwanese competitor at the Asian Games is to continue after the Olympic Council of Asia met officials from Taiwan and the World Taekwondo Federation yesterday. The...

Australia throttles Thailand

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AUSTRALIA secured its second 3-0 win in the Fed Cup Asia-Oceania playoffs with Jelena Dokic again winning in straight sets and Samantha Stosur rallying from a set and a break down to beat Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn...

Taekwondo is here to stay, insists world chief

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TAEKWONDO could face the chop from the Olympic programme after 2012, but the martial art's world governing body has no doubt its place is secure for years to come. Choue Chungwon, president of the World Taekwondo...

China trains in 'battlefield conditions'

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FROM co-opting schoolchildren to simulate screaming fans to pushing athletes in front of pesky journalists after bouts, training for China's Olympic team took virtual reality to a new level. In a re-fitted gymnasium...

Lei adds to Wu's golden touch

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LEI Jie of China won the gold medal in the women's 57-kilogram division at the "2008 Good Luck Beijing" International Taekwondo Invitational Tournament by beating compatriot Zhang Hua 1-0 in the final yesterday. ...

Wu beats Swede for 49kg title in Beijing

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WORLD champion Wu Jingyu of China claimed the women's 49-kilogram class title at the "2008 Good Luck Beijing" International Taekwondo Invitational Tournament yesterday, with a convincing 5-1 victory over Sweden's...

Germany spurns Haas poison talk

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THE German tennis federation (DTB) believes there is no medical evidence to support a rumor that Tommy Haas was poisoned during Germany's Davis Cup semifinal defeat by Russia in Moscow in September. German Davis...

Chinese Taekwondo Team Crashes Out

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THE Chinese taekwondo team had a "Black Friday" at the Bangkok Universiade as all the three fielded players crashed out yesterday. Li Tengfei, Mao Haiwei and Guo Qi were competing in the men's 72 kg, 78 kg and...

Federer drawn with tough rivals in Paris

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WORLD No. 2 Roger Federer faces a tough task in his bid to win the French Open for the first time. The Swiss, dreaming of capturing the only grand slam title to have eluded him, was drawn yesterday in the same...

Chen claims world title, now sets sights on Olympic triple

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CHEN Zhong is a self-confessed introvert who likes to express herself in paint when she's off the mat. On it, she's a fierce fighter who gives no quarter and as of yesterday can boast a "grand slam" of titles. ...

Hijab ban gets WTF backing

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MUSLIM women who participate in competitions sanctioned by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) will not be allowed to wear a hijab. The decision came on Monday following a request for a ruling from the Canadian...

Serena storms into slam spotlight

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SERENA Williams always takes handwritten notes onto the court, as useful reminders or for motivation. This time, she wrote one word: Yetunde. Memories of her slain half-sister inspired Williams to a 6-1, 6-2...

Koreans sparkle

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RUBEN Montesinos of Spain took the men's heavyweight title at the World Taekwondo Championships in Madrid, Spain, on Saturday, and Sin Kyung-hyeon of South Korea won the women's gold with a knockout win over Iniabelle Diaz of Puerto Rico. Montesinos, who trailed Morocco's Abdelkader Zrouri at the end of the first round, recovered to secure a 7-6 victory in the fourth round. Sin secured her victory with a knockout blow in the first round against Diaz. Kim Jae-sik of South Korea took the men's bantamweight title with a 5-3 victory over Marcio Wenceslau of Brazil. The women's bantamweight gold also went to South Korea's Kim Bo-hye, who beat Zeynep Murat of Turkey 8-7.

Taekwondo fights for life at IOC vote

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THE high-kicking martial art taekwondo may lose its place in the international spotlight if it is given the boot from the Olympics.

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