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(Helsingborg, 8 September 2019) – WTE European Under 21 Championships were successfully completed in Helsingborg, Sweden during 5-8 September 2019. The arena of the town – named after the city itself – hosted the four-day competition, with in total 37 countries and almost 500 athletes competed for the title of the European Under 21 taekwondo champion. During the first day, the competition included the male -54kg -58kg and female -46, 49kg -54kg categories, with Russia distinctively standing out in an overall collection of gold medals.

      The 2ndcompetition day continued with the male -63kg, 68 kg and female -53kg and -57kg weight categories. The opening ceremony of the championships was also realized within the day, with the Vice Mayor of Helsingborg city Lena Bjerne declaring the championship open followed by a series of videos on taekwondo, the presentation of the participating countries and the speech of Taekwondo Europe Vice-President Fred Buitenhuis.

       During the 3rdcompetition day, the mayor of Helsingborg City Mr. Mats Sander visited Helsingborg arena, giving a warm welcoming speech to the 37 countries of the championships and inviting them to enjoy the town and the Swedish hospitality, while he expressed his contemplation of the overall result and benefits of the event. The competition day included the weight categories of male -74kg, -80kg and female -62kg, 67kg, while

the male -87kg, +87kg, and female -67kg, +67kg weight categories, concluded the championships on Sunday 8 September.

      The International Referees of the championships were gathered for the usual commemorative photo of the championship, while also the best referees of the WTE European Under 21 Championships 2019 were awarded, being presented to Ali Dinge Alarslan from Turkey, Kari Sirvio from Finland, Maja Fatuta from Croatia and Kimberly Boccia from Italy. 

      During the final medal ceremony, the awarding of the overall team ranking trophies followed, with Russia being on top of all rankings. Specifically, Russia, Turkey, and Spain took the top 3 places for the overall female ranking, while Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine were on top for the overall male ranking. The general overall team ranking found Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine on top with the first one achieving a collection of 6 gold, 6 silver, and 9 bronze medals, followed by Turkey with 3 gold, 4 silver, and 5 bronze medals and Ukraine with 2 gold and 3 bronze medals.

      The thirty-seven national taekwondo teams of Europe renewed their meeting in February 2020, where the beautiful town of Helsingborg will welcome the WT President’s Cup Europe; one of the most popular and massive in participation taekwondo events internationally. The Helsingborg Arena will be ready once more to host hundreds of athletes internationally and preserve the European Taekwondo at the crest of the sport.









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