The most important event of the year in world Taekwondo is about to begin in Great Britain. The sights will be set from December 1 to 3, 2023, at the Manchester Arena facilities.

In the final event of the year 2023, a G10 category event, only the best 16 on the planet participate. With these ingredients, we will have an important quota of Taekwondo stars fighting on three mats for 100 points in the Olympic Ranking and the 6,000 thousand dollar prize for the champion.

Let’s review:
-49 kg. One of the most competitive categories in global Taekwondo. We have two Olympic medalists and two world champions competing. Tokyo finalists Panipak Wongpattanakit (Thailand) and Adriana Cerezo (Spain) meet again. Another companion on the Tokyo podium is the Israeli Abishag Semberg. They are joined by the world champions, Merve Dincel (Tur), Daniela Souza (Mex), the world medalists, Lena Stojkovic, Bruna Duvanvic, both from Croatia and Andrea Ramírez (Col).

-57 kg. The absence of the current Olympic champion, Anastasjia Zolotic, leaves the double Olympic champion, Jade Jones, on the throne as the great protagonist. From the Tokyo Podium, Hatice Kubra (Tur) and Chia Ling Lo (Taipei) will be in GP Final. World champions Zonshi Luo (Chi), Luana Marton (Hungary) and double world champion Lee Ah-Reum (Kor) enter the Absolute Elite.

-67 kg. The skills of local Lauren Williams, Olympic silver, and the experience of double Olympic medalist, Ruth Gbagbi (CIV) are the perfect challenge for the talented world champions, Magda Wiet (France), Leslie Soltero (Mex) and Sarah Chaari ( Belgian). This category is full of stars and incredible competitors such as Aleksandra Perišić (Serb), Juliana Al Sadeq (Jor), Ashley Kraayeveld (Can), Milena Titoneli (Bra), among others, making this Top 16 very exciting.

+67 kg, becoming the only athlete with an Olympic gold medal in the category. Highlights include the South Korean, Lee Da Bin, silver in Tokyo, and the double Olympic medalist and triple world champion, Bianca Cook (GB).
The French Althéa Laurin (Fra) and Nafia Kus (Tur) emerge as great favorites, both number 1 and 2 of the OR. World champion Svetlana Osipova (UZB) joins.

Let’s review:

At 58kg, we will have three Olympic medallists, Tokyo 2020 reigning Tokyo 2020, Vitto Del Aquilla (Italy), and his podium partners in Japan; Mohamed Jondoubi (TUN), Jun Jang (Korea).

Both the Italian and the Korean are former world champions, joining the trio of favourites, world champions Tae Joon Park (Korea) and Omar Salim (Hungary).

The rest of the athletes are mostly current continental champions in their countries and world medallists.

68 kg
Tokyo 2020 Olympic king Ulugbek Rashitov tops the list in this super category, which will have England’s Bradly Sinden in the spotlight as the Olympic runner-up and two-time world champion competes on home soil.

He will be followed by; world champion Hakan Recber (Turkya), Grand Prix champions Javier Perez Polo (Esp), and Jordan’s Said Kareem.

-80 kg.
In the absence of Olympic champion Maksim Khramtcov, Tokyo medallists Saleh Elsharabaty (Jor) and Seif Eissa (Egypt) remain. However, double world champion and Grand Prix super favourite Simone Allesio (Italy) and Carl Nickolas (USA) promise vibrant scenes.

Another big absentee will be Olympic champion Vladislav Larin (RUS). The most relevant at the moment is Rio 2016 Olympic champion, 2023 World and 2022 GP Final champion, African Cheick Cisse. He will have ambitious company in the Taekwondo heavy, silver olympic medalist Dejan Georgievski, along with world champion Carlos Sansores (2022) will be present in Manchester.

Apart from these stars, everyone is wondering whether British sensation Caden Cunningham will be able to surprise everyone.

Carlos Hernández