Great Britain’s Amy Truesdale was among the winners of the kyorugi events at the 2017 World Para-Taekwondo Championships held here today as Russia topped the medal standings.
Truesdale, the world number one, was dominant throughout the women's K44 over 58 kilograms competition and was leading 17-3 in the final when Moroccan opponent Rajae Akermach was forced to withdraw in round two due to injury.
Victory for the home favourite saw her add to her previous haul of a gold and two bronzes from her three previous World Championship appearances.
Truesdale lost in the 2014 final to Canada's Lisa Standeven and was only awarded gold after her opponent was retrospectively deemed ineligible for the event.
She therefore views her triumph today as marking her first world title success.
"I don’t know what happened to her [Akermach]," Truesdale, eight years after her first World Championship podium finish, said.
"She must have picked up an injury.
"It’s one of those things but a win’s a win.
"I was given gold in 2014 but only by default.
"I class this as my first world title and hopefully not my last.
"It’s not really sunk in yet but obviously I’m delighted.
"The home crowd definitely helped me today.
"The real goal is Tokyo 2020 and it will come around really quickly - so I’ve got to make sure I step up my training."
Despite a lengthy delay prior to her opening bout, Truesdale wasted little time in registering a 21-1 victory over Brazilian Debora Menezes.
Her second win was against Turkey's Seyma Nur Emeksiz, 23-4.
Uzbekistan’s Guljonoy Naimova and France’s Laura Schiel were the women's K44 over 58kg bronze medallists.
The strongest-performing nation in kyorugi, however, was Russia as they claimed six gold medals.
Five of them came in men’s competition with the other coming courtesy of Sakinat Magomedova in the women’s K41 under 49kg category at the expense of Serbia’s Dejana Backo.
Among the male winners was Vladislav Krichfalushiy, who beat Morocco’s Abdennour El Fedayni in the K41 under 61kg final.
Hungary’s Csaba Simon and Rwanda’s Jean De La Croix Nikwigize were the bronze medallists.
Other Russian victors included Evegenii Alifirenko in the K42 under 61kg category and Aliskhab Ramazanov in the K44 over 75kg division.
Alifirenko defeated Turkey’s Mehmet Sami Sarac in his final, while Ramazanov overcame Croatia’s Ivan Mikulic.
The K42 under 61kg bronze medallists were Iran’s Saeid Sadeghianpour and Mongolia’s Shinebayar Batbayar.
The United States’ Evan Medell and Mexico’s Pedroza Francisco were the K44 over 75kg bronze medallists.
Also tasting victory for Russia were Spartak Gazzaev, who beat Poland’s Przemyslaw Wieczorek to the K41 over 75kg crown, and Valerii Bazin, the sole competitor in the K41 under 75kg category.
Russia’s closest challengers in the gold medal stakes were Turkey with four.
Three of those came in women’s competition with Nurgul Bilek and Seyma Nur Emeksiz the sole competitors in the respective K42 under 49kg and K43 over 58kg categories, and Ayse Dudu Karatay beating her only challenger, Jelena Terzic of Serbia, in the K42 over 58kg division.
Turkey’s male winner was Mehmet Serkan Serpici, who defeated America's Daniel Espinosa in the men’s K42 under 75kg final.
Rwanda’s Jean Marie Viann Bizumuremyi and Russia’s Lukman-Khakim Istamulov were the bronze medallists.
The two other nations to win multiple kyorugi gold medals were Kazakhstan and Mongolia, with two each.
Kazakhstan’s came courtesy of Nyshan Omirali in the men’s K42 over 75kg and Nurlan Dombayev in the men’s K43 under 75kg.
Omirali overcame Turkey’s Yasar Sami Gokbaba with Iran’s Ahmad Narimani and South Korea’s Hyun Kim completing the podium.
Dombayev, meanwhile, saw off the challenge Ukraine’s Anton Shvets in the final of a category that saw Morocco’s Rachid Ismaili Alaoui and Turkey’s Osman Yalt come away with the bronze medals.
Mongolia’s gold medals were won by Enkhtuya Khurelbaatar in the women’s K44 under 49kg category and Bolor-Erdene Ganbat in the men’s K44 under 61kg division.
Khurelbaatar beat Mexico’s Claudia Romero in her final, while Ganbat defeated Turkey’s Mahmut Bozteke in his.
The women’s K44 under 49kg bronze medallists were Nepal’s Ranjana Dhami and Turkey’s Meryem Betul Cavdar.
Turkey’s Ali Can Ozcan and Russia’s Amir Rekalaev were the men’s K44 under 61kg bronze medallists.
Among the other kyorugi gold medallists were Ukraine’s Viktoriia Marchuk in the women’s K43 under 49kg, Spain’s Alejandro Vidal Alvarez in the men’s K43 under 61kg and Denmark’s Lisa Gjessing in the women’s K44 under 58kg.
Completing the list were Iran’s Mahdi Pourrahnama in the men’s K44 under 75kg, Serbia’s Terzic in the women’s K41 over 58kg and Rwanda’s Consolee Rukundo in the women’s K42 under 58kg.
Russia were also the stand-out country in poomsae competition held earlier today, winning three gold medals.
Valentin Kondratenko beat Italy’s Giovanni Sunseri to the P30 men’s P33 title and Artur Taimazov defeated Italy’s Riccardo Zimmerman in the P30 men’s P34 final.
Fellow Russian Stefanida Striukova was the sole competitor in the P30 women’s P31 category.
The one other nation to win multiple poomsae gold medals was Britain thanks to victories for Bradley Brockies and Samantha Carrington in the respective P20 men’s junior and P30 women’s P33 events.
Brockies proved too strong for Serbia’s Tomislav Rankovic, while Carrington finished ahead of Russia’s Elizaveta Popova and America's Iris Fuentes.
An Opening Ceremony was held midway through today's action with World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue and GB Taekwondo chair Julia Newton among those in attendance.