Kumho praises GB Taekwondo’s Olympic performance
Britain may never have been the first name you thought of when jotting down a list of the world’s top taekwondo nations, but team GB Taekwondo’s performance at the London Olympics shows we pack a powerful kick. Kumho Tyres, as official partner of GB Taekwondo, has congratulated the team for Jade Jones’ gold and Lutalo Muhammad’s bronze at the recent games.
“It is an honour to be associated with such international sporting success,” said Kumho’s marketing director, John Thrupp. “The relationship was a natural one bearing in mind Kumho is a Korean company and taekwondo is the national sport of South Korea. However, we didn’t expect such meteoric results so soon. The team’s unforgettable performance was a superb advert for their sport and will no doubt encourage many additions to the 100,000 already practising the popular martial art in this country.”
The 19 year-old Jones’ achievement made her Britain’s first ever Olympic Taekwondo champion: she was also the youngest of all Team GB’s 29 gold medallists. Such success certainly assured the ‘Head Hunter’ of a rapturous welcome in her home town of Flint, where not only has her local post box been painted gold, but the butcher’s shop where her mother works is celebrating with the production of special ‘Olympic’ sausages.
The bronze medal secured by the ‘Walthamstow Warrior’ Muhammad was Britain’s first ever Olympic gong in the men’s weight divisions. It was a sterling result for the 21 year-old Londoner who had to fight off a quarter-final defeat and through two repechage events to earn his place on the podium.
“Like GB Taekwondo, we pride ourselves on the performance of our products and now very much look forward to supporting their participation in the 2012 British Taekwondo National Championships, which take place at the Manchester Velodrome on September 8/9,” Thrupp added.