The New Zealand team is second after the completion of day two at the ITF Taewkon-Do World Championships at Inzell, Germany.
On a quiet competition day for all nations the Kiwi team won a gold and a silver to move ahead of previous second placed Norway on the medal table.
The gold medal came in the form of the junior boys team specialty where the combined efforts of Cody MacDonald (Calibre Taekwon-Do Hauraki Plains), Bailey Jeffery, Conner Mitchell, Alex Morozov (all Southern Cross Taekwon-Do, Palmerston North), Dean Cooper (Van Room Club, Auckland) and reserve Dan Yates (Southern Cross Taekwon-Do) were enough to beat a tight field for the top prize.
The silver medal was won by Ashley Porter from the Dragon’s Spirit Club in Papatoetoe, Auckland individual junior girls specialty.
New Zealand sits second on the medal table after a haul of 15 medals in total, four gold, four silver and seven bronze. A haul of 13 medals on day one, including a third consecutive gold at world champs for Wellington’s Wesley Filiki in power breaking gave the team a great start to the tournament where they are trying to beat their second placing overall two years ago in Ireland.
The top nation is Argentina with six gold, two silver and three bronze.
Close behind New Zealand on the medal table are Norway and Poland with other big nations such as Canada, Russia and Germany expected to make a strong run over the next couple of days, particularly in the sparring categories.