Shock defeats for Olympic gold medallists in round of 16 at Paris 2022 Grand Prix taekwondo event - Results

The Grand Prix event, which finishes on Sunday 4 September, offers ranking points towards qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

By Evelyn Watta
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Olympic gold medallists Anastasija Zolotic and Jade Jones suffered shock second round losses at the Paris 2022 World Taekwondo Grand Prix on Friday (September 2).

The event offers ranking points towards qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Zolotic who took bronze in the last Grand Prix in Rome, was beaten in her first bout by Mexico’s Fabiola Machorro 2-0 in the round of 16 of their women’s -57kg at the Grand Palais. The American teenager who is just recovered from a tough injury period had shared her post-Olympics struggles with Olympics.com just before the tournament as she settled at a new training base in North Carolina.

“Don't really expect more than what I got in Rome just because the move (from Colorado to North Carolina) has been draining on us, like emotionally, physically, and mentally,” she had said.

Great Britain's Jones, the gold medallist from London 2012 and Rio 2016, who had reached the podium in her last two events in Rome and Manchester, fell to Nahid Kiyanichandeh 0-2. Her Iranian opponent, a Tokyo 2020 Olympian, has registered a series of wins this season including two Asian championship gold medals.

World number one Hatice Ilgun, from Turkey won her round of 16 bout against Germany’s Anna-lea Froemming.

In the women’s 49kg, pre-event favourites Olympic champ Panipak Wongpattanakit, and Olympic silver medallist Adriana Iglesias both sailed through to the quarter-finals.

Thai star Wongpattanakit knocked out Morocco’s Oumama El Bouchti 2-0 while Spaniard Igesias, the gold medallist from Rome in June, beat Croatia’s Bruna Dunancic 2-1.

Olympic bronze medallist Jang Jun of Korea won his opening match of the men’s 58kg against USA’s Melvy Alvarez 2-0 while the event second seed Ireland’s Jack Wooley also beat Cesar Rodriguez of Mexico by a similar margin.

The Paris Grand Prix is the second stop of three after Rome. The next event will be in Manchester in October before the Grand Prix final in Wuxi in December.

You can catch all the action live from Paris on the Olympic Channel via Olympics.com (territorial restrictions apply)

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