Experience the key for NZ taekwondo hope

09:52, Aug 08 2012
Robin Cheong
EXPERIENCE: Robin Cheong demonstrates taekwondo moves.

New Zealand's highest ranked taekwondo athlete Robin Cheong is hoping previous Olympic experience holds her in good stead for her opening bout in London tomorrow.

The 23-year-old is ranked 12th in the women's under 57kg division where she takes on Egyptian Hedaya Wahba at 10pm (NZ time).

Cheong finished seventh in the under 49kg division in Beijing four years ago and has been training and fighting in Korea in the buildup to London.

"My personal goal, of course, is to medal," she said.

"I know it will be hard but I must be confident.

"It is my second Olympics so that helps keep me calm."


 New Zealand has two other athletes entered for the competition.

Logan Campbell is in the under 68kg division and Vaughn Scott in the under 80kg.

Campbell has been the centre of some media attention in London because of his background as a brothel owner.  He fights Ukraine's Hryhorii Husarov tomorrow at 8.45pm (NZ time) and is not without some hope.

Campbell was 16th in the under 58kg division in Beijing.

"He is in good condition at the moment so is a good chance," Master Jin Keun Oh, national team coach for Taekwondo New Zealand, said of Campbell.

Scott has outstanding talent but has a tough start against fourth seed Se Crismanich from Argentina at 11.15pm (NZ time) on Friday .

Meanwhile, judging will be done differently in London.

Whereas judges used to score the bouts, each scoring kick will now be recorded electronically via foot and body pads. It is viewed as possibly taking away some of the inherent bias shown towards fighters from traditional taekwondo countries.

Fairfax Media