Adalis Muñoz claims gold in the individual poomsae of the Summer Universiade Napoli 2019. The Palazzetto dello Sport centre welcomed the first competitions in taekwondo in Summer Universiade Napoli 2019.
Munoz produced dramatic finals in which the gold medallist was not clear until near the end. Adalis Munoz from the USA was nervous until she learnt she had won gold. Silver went to Chia-En Su from Chinese Taipei, and bronze was taken by Jihye Yun from South Korea and Fatemeh Hesam from Iran.
The real drama though, was reserved for the finals. Excitement was building in the stands as in addition to the traditional pattern of Taebaek, the eight female finalists were performing freestyle routines. Stepping out third for the finals, Adalis Munoz set a high standard. She remained on the top of the rankings, as she waited nervously until the last athlete competed.
After winning gold, she said to FISU “This event was a struggle for me from the very beginning. I am happy that I was able to make it this far and win gold. It was important to find the right balance mentally.”
Tomorrow, on July 8, medals will be awarded to athletes competing in team poomsae and mixed pairs poomsae. Monday will open up with competitions in six men’s and six women’s divisions in Kyorugi. In total, there will be seven competition days in taekwondo in Napoli, that end on July 13.