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November 7, 2016

Gibraltar Taekwondo have had their best ever results at the British Taekwondo National Poomsae 2016 Championships held in Nottingham on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November.

Poomsae is a game of very fine margins and subjective decisions. The level of the competition was truly amazing and getting harder and harder each time.

It was a very emotional weekend as this is the first time Gibraltar Taekwondo has returned home with medals in 5 different categories. For some, it was their first international competition. Ilya Rodionov was claimed BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPION in his category, on achieving 1st place. 7 year old Gabriella Garcia is the youngest club member to win a medal at the Nationals.

Megan and Macy missed out on achieving medals in their individuals categories (which had approx. 20 competitors) by a small margin, but despite this they still managed great performances.

The results were as follows:

Day 1 (Saturday)

  • Ilya Rodionov GOLD MEDAL for 1st place in K2 Peewee Male Individuals

  • Macy Cornelio BRONZE MEDAL for 3rd place in Dan U14 Pairs

  • Kelsey Cornelio and Ilya Rodionov BRONZE MEDAL for 3rd place in K1 Cadet Pairs

  • Gabriella Garcia and Leland Cornelio BRONZE MEDAL for 3rd place in K2 Mini Peewee Pairs

  • Macy Cornelio 6th place in Dan U14 Female Individuals

  • Kelsey Cornelio 5th place in K1 Cadet Female Individuals

  • Leland Cornelio 10th place in K2 Mini Peewee Male Individuals

  • Gabriella Garcia 5th place in K3 Mini Peewee Female Individuals

Day 2 (Sunday)

  • Megan Ruiz 6th place in Dan U17 Female Individuals

  • Megan Ruiz BRONZE MEDAL for 3rd place in Dan U17 Female Teams

"I am really pleased with our results and the outstanding efforts and performances of the whole team" Master Ernest Garcia said. Family and friends accompanied the players to Nottingham. Again we would like to take this opportunity to thank Aqua Solutions Limited, Pizzeria Plaza and Lynx Football Club for supporting our players with sponsorships for the event and Mr Lee Cornelio for his constant support. All that is left is to congratulate the team for their hard work and achievements and for making Gibraltar proud.

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