The second day of action at the Paris 2022 Grand Prix taekwondo event at the Parc des sports Marcel-Cerdan saw Olympic stars from Tokyo 2020 posting mixed results on Saturday (September 3).
Croatia’s Matea Jelic, the first taekwondo athlete from Croatia to take home gold, went down at her first hurdle, the round of 16 in the women’s -67kg. She lost to Pan American Games junior champion Leslie Sotero of Mexico 1-2.
Britain’s Lauren Williams, the 2020 Olympic silver medallist was also knocked out in the round of 16 by Jan-di-Kim from South Korea. Williams had earlier gone past Chinese Jie Song in her first match of the day.
Double Olympic bronze medallist Ruth Gbagbi from Cote d’Ivoire got off to a good start seeing off fellow African Elizabeth Anyanacho of Nigeria 2-1.
Jordanian star Saleh Elsharabaty, who picked silver in Tokyo was the comfortable win in the round of 16 bout against Belgium’s Badr Achab in the men’s -80kg. he was joined in the quarters by another podium finished from Tokyo Egypt’s Seif Eissa who beat Stefan Takov from Serbia.
World champion Bradly Sinden was the first to book his quarter final in the men’s -80kg after a 2-1 win over Turkey’s Ferhat can Kavurat.
Rome Grand Prix winner Simone Alessio also marched into the -80kg quarters with a dominating performance against Croatia’s Mark Golubic.
The Grand Prix in Paris is being played in the best of three rounds format which was introduced at the Roma 2022 Grand Prix.
The winners of the Grand Prix will achieve ranking points for qualification to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
The Paris 2022 World Taekwondo Grand Prix action ends on Sunday, September 4 with the women’s +67kg and men’s +80kg categories.
You can catch all the action live from Paris on the Olympic Channel via Olympics.com (territorial restrictions apply)