Twenty rising stars will represent Australia at the World Taekwondo Cadet Championships in Bosnia and Herzegovina next month after the national team was selected in Morayfield, Queensland.
The 5th edition of the World Taekwondo Cadet Championships has officially come to a close.
Seventeen of Australia’s most promising 12 to 14-year-old Taekwondo athletes did their country proud, holding their own against the world’s brightest young stars.
While some athletes were eliminated in the Round of 32, and others reached the Round of 16, it’s safe to say the entire team put in solid performances and gained valuable international experience.
Five Aussies claimed impressive victories in their opening matches, defeating opponents from across the globe.
Atharva Pansare won a very technical contest against Omid Eram of Canada in the Round of 64, before beating Serbia’s Andrej Ivanovi in the Round of 32. He was eventually defeated by the tournament’s bronze medallist, Thanpoom Fuangnoi.
Mila Clark and Angelus An both impressed in battling past Macedonian and Swedish opponents respectively, before losing tough contests in the Round of 16.
Akon Baak gave one of Australia’s standout performances with a comprehensive victory over Chinese Taipei’s Lin-en Tsai, before losing to the eventual gold medallist Kimi Laurene Ossin.
Lacie Gleeson also impressed against an Iranian opponent, before losing a competitive bout against silver medallist Parnian Saki.
Other notable performances included Diego Querubin and Leonardo Angell’s efforts against the gold and bronze medallists in their respective divisions. You can catch up on all of the Aussie results below.
Australian World Taekwondo Cadet Championship Results
Don’t forget to tune in to the World Junior Taekwondo Championships, which kicked off yesterday at the same venue in Sofia. Another 20 young Aussies are competing there until August 7. For further information, check out our guide to this event.
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