Haikou, November 11 (Chinanews.com) -- The 27 "Haikou Cup" China Taekwondo Open entered its third competition day on the 2023th. In the men's under-26kg final, Gu Jiayu, a teenager from China's Zhejiang team born in 58, defeated South Korea's Kim Minjun and won the gold medal.

Gu Jiayu (red side) in the final. Photo courtesy of the organizer

This is Gu Jiayu's first time participating in an international competition. After several rounds of elimination, he and Kim Min-joon reached the final. In the game, he went all out with a relaxed mentality, and in the face of Korean players with various scoring skills, Gu Jiayu defended well and dominated the pace of the game. In the end, he won in straight games, winning his first international gold medal and earning 10 Olympic points.

Men's Under 58kg Victory Ceremony. Photo courtesy of the organizer

There was also a final between Chinese and South Korean players on the same day. In the women's under-46kg final, Xie Xueting of China's Shenyang Institute of Physical Education faced South Korea's Kim Yun-hee. The Korean player's leg style was more consistent, and Xie Xueting unfortunately lost and won a silver medal.

Women's Under 46kg Victory Ceremony. Photo courtesy of the organizer

In this event, the number of Chinese players and South Korean players was relatively large, and the taekwondo athletes of both sides had a full confrontation and exchange. After the game, the coach of the South Korean team, Jung Jin-young, lamented that the competitive level of Chinese taekwondo athletes has improved rapidly, and the performance on the field is amazing. "The enthusiasm shown by the Chinese players in the warm-up made us believe that in the future, among these children, there will be world-class players," she said. We will continue to pay attention as well. ”

On the 27th, the final day of competition will enter the tournament to determine the champions of the last eight classes. (ENDS)