Taekwondo Results Revamped Homepage

Simpler and more appealing access to the results

These past months, the ergonomic updates on the website have been focused on the competitions and nation overview pages. However, the first page, where you can choose what event or what national team you want to look up, stayed a bit… well, really out of date.

This has been fixed. The home page now shows:

    • thumbnails linking to the last two competitions;
    • a clearer and more concise list of all competitions available;
    • a selection of the most watched nations, in addition to the drop-down complete list.

See the revamped Taekwondo Results Homepage for yourself.

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Gold Medal Ranking

Changing to the gold medal first method

Since three months, there is a summary page for each taekwondo championship, with an overall ranking, the main trends, and the list of all results available on the site.
Until today, the ranking was based on the total number of medals won during the last three editions. This ranking now follows the gold medal first method (a.k.a the Olympic method): countries are first ranked by number of gold medals, then by number of silver medals, and last by number of bronze medals won.  Continue reading

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What are the success factors to reach the high level in Taekwondo?

Anne Caroline Graffe (left), London 2012 silver medal winner and formerly trained in the Aix center

Here is the continuation of our long interview with Mehdi Bensafi, coach of the “pôle France” training center of Aix-en-Provence. After having explained the purpose of the training structure as well as the scouting process, he shares with us his views on the success factors necessary to reach the high level.

What is a champion made of? What is the relationship with the senior elite team? How do they deal with the athletes who do not break through?
A fascinating insight into the training structure of France’s future taekwondo champions. Continue reading

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How are the most promising taekwondo athletes discovered?

Promising athletes at the “pôle France” training center of Aix-en-Provence

Scoring one silver medal and one bronze medal, the French taekwondo team did great in the London Olympics. Anne-Caroline Graffe and Marlène Harnois confirmed the place of France amongst the top tier nations in the female category. However, they will have to redouble their efforts to take part in the Rio Games in 2016 because the future recruits are on their way, and they are hungry for victory.

I had the good fortune to speak with Mehdi Bensafi, coach of the “pôle France” training center of Aix-en-Provence, who has the most promising female athletes of the country under his wing. How are the girls discovered? What do they endure on a daily basis?
The answers are in the first part of this interview. Continue reading

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Taekwondo at the London 2012 Olympics: Review

Servet Tazegul - Taekwondo London 2012 Podium

Four fantastic days! The taekwondo competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games kept its promise. Big surprises, breath-taking fights, a new scoring system favoring head shots; everything came together to provide a dazzling show. Here is our review. Continue reading

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The Magic Number To Follow Taekwondo At The Olympics

Discover Taekwondo at the Olympics

What if you could learn everything about Taekwondo at the Olympic Games with just one number? From the basic rules to the nations that will play leading roles, discover the key piece of information you need to know to follow the most dazzling Olympic martial art! Continue reading

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From Pampers Commercials to the Olympus? Meet Teddy Riner

Teddy Riner - Judo Olympic Champion

Come on, be honest. What pops into your head when I say “infant”? You are thinking about a fragile being, excessively mothered, who cries and whines without apparent reason. And, well…while we’re at it, even though he may be super cute, let’s admit that he can be rather irritating.
Now that we’re on the same page, I invite you to watch this video. Continue reading

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Archery Pan Am Games 2011

Ever Heard of the Pan American Am Games?

Contrary to what its name suggests, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) doesn’t only oversee the Summer and Winter Olympic Games (reminder: the Taekwondo Competition at the 2012 London Games starts on August 8th).

Under the aegis of IOC, affiliated sports organizations supervise, for each continent, the most important multisport events. The Pan American Games are one example. Continue reading

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You Must See These Martial Arts Pictures

Yuli Gabriel Mercedes

Chances are you are a martial arts and combat sports fan like I am. Some of us get passionate about the physical aspect, the philosophical one, or the social side of their art; you go to your club not only to practice but also to meet up with your buddies, right?
However, the vast majority of practitioners enjoy the visual beauty of these martial activities. A wonderful jump kick, two fighters in the middle of an intense bout, a group of practitioners standing almost religiously… the world of marts arts and combat sports is a great subject for any good photographer. Continue reading

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