South Korea (centre) won the first mixed team title at the WTF Taekwondo Team Championships today ©WTF

South Korea have claimed the first mixed gender team gold medal on the second day of competition at the 2016 World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) World Team Championships at the Sarhadchi Sports Olympic Centre in Baku.

Defending champions China and host nation Azerbaijan retained their titles in the female and male divisions of the competition respectively.

The Championships consisted of teams of five athletes, plus one substitute, in men's, women's and mixed divisions.

The first round featured numbered athletes, ranked from the lightest to the heaviest, fighting their counterparts on the opposing team in turn. 

The two subsequent rounds were fought using a tag-team format, with 15 full point penalties or a 30 point gap resulting in a loss.

No video replays were used throughout in order to maintain "non-stop" action.

In the mixed gender event, two men and two women made up each country's team although there was no male against female combat.

After just four teams entered, the competition started at the semi-final stage and the Koreans easily reached the gold medal match, defeating Belgium 15-6.

They were soon joined in the final by Russia who confidently brushed aside the Untied States 19-8.

South Korea would go on to claim the debut title though as they won an edgy final 9-7.

Azerbaijan retained their men's team title with a dominant display over the two day competition ©WTF
Azerbaijan retained their men's team title with a dominant display over the two day competition ©WTF

It was a mixed day for the Koreans, however, as they were beaten by China in the women's team final and by Azerbaijan in the men's.

Yesterday, China and South Korea both dominated their respective women's competition groups, after winning all three of their contests.

The Korean team enjoyed the simplest semi-final, beating Russia 17-10 while their Asian rivals progressed courtesy of a narrow 9-6 win over Turkey.

It would be China who claimed gold though as they squeezed past South Korea 6-4 to be proclaimed champions.

Bronzes in the female division went to Russia and Turkey.

Hosts Azerbaijan, meanwhile, coasted to the men's team title with a convincing 21-5 win over their South Korean counterparts in the gold medal contest.

Azerbaijan looked in ominous form yesterday as they secured progression to the last four with a 100 per cent record and maintained that emphatic level today.

They picked up where they left off in the semi-finals, beating Turkey 33-3 before inflicting further misery on the Koreans in the final, to the delight of the crowd inside the Sarhadchi Sports Olympic Centre.

Bronzes in the male division were claimed by Belgium and Turkey.

Following the conclusion of the competition, the female Most Valuable Player (MVP) award was won by Shuyin Zheng of China, while Azerbaijan's Milad Beigi Harchegani took the men's honour.

Jin Mien Guan of China and Jae-hyun Shin of South Korea were named best coaches while Guo Li of China, Elizaveta Tarasevich of Russia and German Kambiz Mohiyeddini were named best referees.