Mexico earned all the plaudits—not only as hosts but also participants—at the 25th World Taekwondo Championships, which took place at Guadalajara’s Scotiabank Aquatics Center from November 13 to 20.
In a magnificent showing, by the end of the competition Mexico headed the medal table with six gongs, three of them golds, just ahead of China (also on six but with two golds).
Since the first championships were held in 1973, South Korea—where this sporting discipline originated—had always claimed top spot in the medal table. In Guadalajara, the Asian nation could only manage five medals, the same number as Serbia and Spain.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the Mexican team had made the country “proud,” calling their achievement “unprecedented.”
To put the accomplishment in perspective, up until this year Mexico had obtained four gold medals at 24 the taekwondo world championships. They now have seven, moving this country up to eighth in the all-time medals table.
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