A Taekwondo Titan, Dae-hoon Lee(KOGAS, Korea) took the gold medal with perfect revenge maches by winning the Semi-final and final games at the Moscow World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 1.
In the final of the female -57k, MUJU World Champion and MVP, Ah-Reum Lee got her first Grand Prix title against So-hee Kim with Lee's excellent kicks to the trunk protector.
|The semi-final game of Dae-hoon Lee(left).|
South Korea concluded the 2017 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 1 at the USK CSKA Basketball Arena on the final day of competition in Moscow.
In the men’s -68kg, Dae-hoon Lee advanced to the semi-finals in top condition by winning his team-mate Seok-bae Kim by a lot of points.
Lee, who lost to Ahmad Abughaush of Jordan in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Rio Olympics, defeated Abughaush in the semi-final.
Lee, who got a chance to revenge against Abughaush in a year, Lee started pressuring and landed multiple kicks to the Jordanian fighter.
Lee allowed Abughaush‘s two punches earlier in the game, but Lee landed his left kick and the Korean extended his lead with several combined kicks.
Lee continue his dominance over Abughaush by landing his punch and fantastic spinning kick to the body and head. Lee advanced to the final with a 19-7 to victory.
In the final, Lee defeated against ALEXEY DENISENKO of Russia, who lost to Lee two times in the Grand Prix Series.
In the first round, Lee scored first with a round kick and extended his lead, landing a back kick and six straight kicks to trunk protector; the round ended 14-1 to Lee.
Lee finally grabbed his sixth gold, winning the second revenge match, 18-11 to Lee.
Another Korean hero is Ah-reum Lee in the women's -57kg.
|The semi-final game of Ah-reum Lee(right).|
In the quarterfinals, Lee defeated Taekwondo ‘Rookie’ Skylar PARK, Korean-Canadian of Canada. Lee injured in her mouth by Park's foul punch, but Lee were showing a tremendous work and advanced to the Semi-final, with a 36-14 win.
Lee defeated Raheleh Asemani who is originally from Iran but now fights out of Belgium. Lee succeed landing a series of kicks to the trunk protector, finishing 26-6 to Lee and Lee competed with Korea's So-hee Kim in the final match.
Ah-Reum Lee is MUJU World Champion and MVP, and So-hee Kim is also a gold medalist at the Puebla World Championships.
In the final of the women's -57kg, two Korean players began carefully with their front kicks because they know each other well as a team mate in Korean National University of Physical Education.
In the first round, Lee landed an accurate left kick to Kim's trunk protector and in turn, Kim closed the gap taking the score with her right kicks in the second round.
In the final round, Lee extended her lead, landing more kicks, and she took a gold medal at the Moscow 2017 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 1.
|Two Koreans, Ah-reum Lee(right) and So-hee Kim(left), who shared gold and silver medals.|
In the Moscow 2017 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 1, Team Korea won the best results ever, adding two golds by Ah-reum Lee and Dae-Hoon Lee; a silver by So-hee Kim in the last day.
The total of fifteen Korean players participated in the GP and ten players got award, Tae-hun Kim(men's -58kg), Dae-hoon Lee(men’s -68kg), Ah-reum Lee(women's -57kg) are gold medals; Kyh-don In(men's +80kg), So-hui Kim(women's -49kg), So-hee Kim (women's -57kg), Bich-Na Kim(women's +67kg) are silver medals; Hun Kim(men's -80k), Hae-ri Oh(women's -67k), Da-Bin Lee(women's +67kg) are bronze medals.
The first World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series successfully closed in Moscow, and the next Grand Prix Series 2 will take place in Rabat, Morocco on 22-24 September 2017.
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