New Zealand third at Taekwon-Do World Cup

Last updated 05:00 01/09/2014

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The New Zealand team has finished third overall at the Taekwon-Do World Cup in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The team won a combined total in seniors and juniors of 17 gold, 10 silver and four bronze from a total of 29 athletes. Gold medallists England had 54 competitors and runners-up Argentina 161.

Melissa Timperley from Manurewa was awarded the senior champion of the tournament after winning a gold, silver and bronze.

Alex Petrovich (Southern Cross TKD, Palmerston North) won the best junior title with Aimee-Rose Wood from the Calibre Club in Waitakaruru on the Hauraki Plains taking second.

Timperley, 20, won the female senior dan 50kg sparring title in a battle against Estee Speirs from Manawatu, a replay of the result at the recent national championships in Tauranga.

However, Speirs did gain a gold medal by winning the title in the female senior dan specialty ahead of a Russian competitor, followed by Timperley in third.

Mark Trotter from the Legacy Club in Auckland won the male senior patterns title ahead of Paraguay's Martin Mussi to add to his tally of gold medals at various world events.

Clubmate Philippa Henry won gold in the female first dan patterns.

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- Fairfax Media

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