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It’s been a tough morning for the Australian side at the Taekwondo as they watched China and Chinese Taipei blitz into the final rounds.

Aussies off to a good start

18 January 2007

Its been a calm morning at the Taekwondo training session as the international competitors gear up for two days of brutal matches.China and New Zealand were first on the mat this morning to iron out any trouble spots. They were soon followed by the 40-strong Australian team, the largest of all the squads, keen to put on a show for eager spectators.

Tina Morgan in actions at World Championships

The Australian taekwondo team returned home last month from the World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand, carrying the nation’s first ever gold medal, as well as two silvers.

South Australia’s Ruth Rowe won a bronze medal in her first major international Taekwondo competition at the China Open in Beijing in August against the top athletes in the sport.

Tamer Hussein (blue) of Egypt lands a kick to the head of Myeong Seob Song of Korea in the men's under 68 kg Taekwondo repechage match on August 27, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Sports Pavilion part of the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex.

The Australian Taekwondo squad departed for China yesterday in preparation for the China Open in Beijing from the 10 – 13 August. The China Open is the first of four competitions in which the athletes will compete.

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