Summing up the XII Northern Palmira Cup


XII International Taekwon-Do ITF Northern Palmira Cup 2017

Two guests from the Foggy Albion win the largest-scale Taekwon-Do tournament in St. Petersburg

For as many as twelve years, the International Northern Palmira Cup has drawn audiences with its large scale, brilliance, and geographical span. The current tournament has brought together six hundred entrants from 9 countries and 21 regions of Russia. Across two days, athletes of all age and weight classes – from six-year-old first-timers to the seasoned Black Belt fighters – competed for over a hundred sets of awards. Last Sunday, Nova Arena housed the finals.

OLEG KRIVORUK, PRESIDENT OF ST. PETERSBURG TAEKWON-DO ITF SPORTS FEDERATION
“People came from Scotland who are notable athletes and champions, and winners of international cups.”

Two gala finals of three were won by the Brits. Isabelle Brider, 19-year old English athlete, double champion of Europe and one-time world champion, literally pressed the athlete from Uzbekistan out of the dojang. The Scotsman Gregory Towells, at the age of seventeen already the champion of Great Britain, prevailed against the Belarusian fighter. The descendant of the Celts came to St. Petersburg for the first time and never ceased to be amazed.

GREGORY TOWELLS, WINNER OF THE NORTHERN PALMIRA CUP, WEIGHT CLASS UNDER 52 KG
“The Winter Palace, the Ascension Cathedral, and all the beautiful monuments. St. Petersburg turns out to be a great city! But what impressed me most is that it's very cold here.”

The only all-Russian gala final turned out to be the most dramatic one. The twenty-year-old St. Petersburger Aleksandr Bolotein fought in the weight class above 85 kg. After a high-spirited start, the Taekwon-Do practitioner scaled back and came close to letting the victory slip away.

ALEKSANDR BOLOTEIN, WINNER OF THE NORTHERN PALMIRA CUP, WEIGHT CLASS ABOVE 85 KG
“I cracked up, ran a little short of strength. However, I pulled it off on will power, as they say, won, as they say. And that's something at least!”

The Northern Palmira Cup became a sort of inspection event before the most important kick-offs of the season. Up ahead the athletes have the European championship in Sophia and the world championship in Dublin.

Author: Vladislav Beliakov