MOSCOW—Canada’s taekwondo cousins, Skylar and Andrew Park, will return home from Moscow with some valuable experience after putting in a hard effort at the Grand Prix over the weekend.
The two Winnipeggers were the lone Canadians to hit the mat in the second invitational International Grand Prix Series.
Coming off her first career Grand Prix medal where she captured the bronze at the season-opening Grand Prix, Skylar Park came into the event as the seventh-seed in the women’s 57kg division. The 19-year-old Park won her opening-round match against China’s Yun-wen Huang 12-10. She lost a hard-fought battle in the round of 16 to China’s Lijun Zhou. The 10th-ranked athlete and a member of the China National Team knocked off the Canuck 15-7.
Turkey’s Irem Yaman won the division. Croatia’s Bruna Vuletic locked up the silver medal, while Russia’s Tatiana Kudashova won the battle for the bronze.
Skylar’s 24-year-old cousin, Andrew, was entered into his first Grand Prix event, competing in the men’s 80kg class.
The 28th seed drew a strong fighter from the Korean National Team, fifth-ranked Hun Kim, in the round of 32. The Canadian dropped his opening-round match 18-10.
“Obviously we were hoping for a better results, but I feel I performed well for my first Grand Prix and felt I belonged in that ring,” said Park. “I made a few mistakes in the early stages of the match which you can’t do at this level and eventually cost me.
“I felt I performed better, but that will come in time when I get more comfortable and gain more experience fighting at the Grand Prix level.”
Russia’s Maksim Khramtcov won the men’s 80kg bracket. Jordan National Team member, Saleh Elsharabaty, was forced to settle for the silver medal, while Crotia’s Toni Kanaet rounded out the men’s 80kg podium in third spot.
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