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New Zealand finish third at Taekwon-Do World Cup

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The New Zealand team at the Taekwon-Do World Cup in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has finished third overall behind Argentina and England.

The team won a combined total in seniors and juniors of 17 gold, 10 silver and four bronze from a total of 29 athletes. England had 54 competitors and Argentina 161.

Melissa Timperley from Manurewa in Auckland was awarded the Senior Champion of the tournament after winning one gold, a silver and a bronze. Alex Petrovich (Southern Cross TKD, Palmerston North) won the best junior title with Aimee-Rose Wood from the Calibre Club in Waitakaruru on the Hauraki Plains in second position.

Of note was Timperley, 20 winning the female senior Dan 50kg sparring title in a battle against Estee Speirs from Manawatu, a replay of the decision at the recent national champs in Tauranga. However Speirs did gain a gold medal by winning the title in the female senior Dan specialty ahead of a Russian competitor, followed by Timperley in third.

Mark Trotter from the Legacy Club in Auckland won the male senior patters title ahead of Paraguay’s Martin Mussi to add to his tally of gold medals at various world champs and world cups. Also from the Legacy Clu was Philippa Henry who won gold in the female first Dan patters.

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