Jun Jang (KOR), Taekwondo’s top ranked in the -58 kg category, will debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with the label of favorite, given his previous results, where he even won the 2019 Male Athlete of the Year.
Jang left at home the triple world champion his compatriot Tae Kim, Olympic medalist and triple world champion. For Tokyo 2020, the Korea Taekwondo Association (KTA) is relying on the Jang, reigning world champion in Manchester, as well as gold medalist at the Grand Prix in Sofia, Chiba and Rome 2019.
The other strongest competitors in the division with World Cup credentials and experience in this type of global events are: Iran’s Armir Hadipour, Ireland’s Jack Woolley, Rui Braganca (POR) and Russia’s Mikhail Artamonov (ROC).
Watch out for Italy’s Vito Dell’Aquila another Olympic debutant, but who was already champion of the 2019 Moscow Grand Prix. In the same year he won bronze medals in the Grand Prix of Sofia and Chiba.
They go for the surprise trying to get on the podium because of their extraordinary talent and great moment, the Argentine Lucas Guzman, Jeferson Ochoa (COL) and the son of Gergely Salim, current European champion, the dangerous Omar Salim.
Spain, which has been a reference in Olympic Taekwondo, will present in the -58 kg category the young Adrian Vicente, who replaces by a technical decision the #2 in the world ranking and #4 Olympic, Jesus Tortosa, an issue that managed to generate controversy due to the disagreement of the athlete.