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TAEKWONDO: Koryo are a class above in Kota Baru


KORYO Taekwondo Club flexed their muscles en route to a clean sweep of the team titles at the Nestle Koko Krunch Junior Taekwondo Championships east coast leg in Kota Baru on Saturday.

Koryo, represented by exponents from Pahang, were in awesome form as they garnered a total six gold, three silver and 10 bronze medals to emerge grand champions of the east coast region at the third time of trying in the Under-12 championships.

"We targeted this championship this year as we had failed to emerge champions in the last two east coast editions. The exponents trained diligently and we are so happy to have attained our target," said Koryo coach Mathan Gunasakaran.

Koryo's boys and girls were equally dominant as they delivered three gold medals each in the championships which saw the participation of 15 clubs from Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.

The Koryo boys won a total three gold, one silver and six bronze to clinch the overall boys team title. Kelantan-based Black & White were second with two gold medals while Terengganu club Teguh won one gold, three silver and five bronze to emerge third.

Black & White, however, also had reason to celebrate as featherweights P. Fuceen and Nur Izati Mohd Yusri won the boys' and girls' best performance awards respectively.

Koryo won the girls' overall title with a haul of three gold, two silver and four bronze medals with Bakat Terengganu (1-1-2) and Black & White (1-0-1) second and third respectively.

The championships will now culminate with the grand finals at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium on June 23 where 600 exponents are expected to compete.

The gold medallists from the east coast region will join the winners from the northern and southern championships, which were held in Kepala Batas, Penang and Batu Pahat, Johor respectively earlier this year in the grand finals.

The gold medallists from Singapore, who organised the championships for the inaugural time this year, will also be competing with teams challenging for the Nestle Koko Krunch Junior Taekwondo Championship Tunku Imran Challenge trophy which will be awarded to the club with the highest number of gold medals accumulated over one regional championship and the grand finals.

Koryo Taekwondo Club celebrate emerging grand champions in the east coast leg of the Nestle Koko Krunch Junior Taekwondo Championships in Kota Baru on Saturday.

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