Expert world champions, Olympic champions, with experience in this type of scenario, against athletes who are stepping for the first time in a combat area of the Olympic Games, but who are hungry for glory.
The lightest of the world Taekwondo, those ladies who do not exceed 49 kilograms, will be competing for glory in the Taekwondo competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
There we will see athletes of great quality, proven in several events of this type as is the case of Panipak Wongpattanakit (THA) who with only 18 years old was 2015 world champion.
A year later, she won Olympic bronze at Rio 2016. Since then, she has won another world title and multiple Grand Prix gold medals, which has propelled her to the top of the World Taekwondo rankings.
The big favorite in this division is the legendary Jingyu Wu (CHN), two-time Olympic champion in the women’s -49 kg category. This athlete had once announced her retirement after losing in the quarterfinals in Rio. But she returned in 2019, barely a year after the birth of her daughter.
Although this category will have athletes with great Olympic experience as those mentioned above, there are competitors who are looking for a peak moment in their careers. One cannot underestimate the current Rio 2016 Olympic runner-up in the category, Tijana Bogdanovic (Serbia), who stunned everyone in the Carioca arena by defeating the favorite, China’s Wu.
GROUP. For the 49 kg in Tokyo we will be able to observe epic fights between world-renowned athletes and those who have been rising on their own but at an overwhelming pace. They are: the Spanish competitor Adriana Cerezo, the new European sensation, who at only 17 years old has all of Spain dreaming for her outstanding performance in the combat area.
Andrea Ramirez was the first athlete to arrive in Tokyo and one of the best prepared physically and technically during this year of pandemic. She is very dominant with her front leg, which she uses with Swiss watch precision. She recently defeated her rivals with great ease, becoming Pan American champion of the specialty, and she also has first class international experience.
Along with the Colombian stand out the European Kristina Tomic (Croatia), Jaeyoung Sim (Korea) and Rukiye Yildirim (TUR), they intend to burst onto the scene as the possible queens of Japan.
With competition experience, exquisite level and technique, the incredible Victoria Stambaugh (PUR) and Ivette Yong (CAN) will be present in Tokyo 2020.
Carlos Hernández (MT).