By Denna Bowman
Kumho tyres is basking in the success of the GB Taekwondo Team after two of the competitors took record gold and bronze medals at the London 2012 Olympics.
The Korean tyres manufacturer’s involvement with the team helped to boost their final preparations for the games.
Already regarded as one of the world’s top Taekwondo nations, Britain excelled itself at London 2012 with a gold medal for the diminutive Welsh teenager Jade Jones, and a bronze for Lutalo Muhammad – by far the country’s best overall performance since Taekwondo first joined the Olympic schedule in 2000.
The 19-year-old’s achievement made her Britain’s first ever Olympic Taekwondo champion and she was also the youngest of all Team GB’s 29 gold medallists.
The bronze medal secured by the unassuming ‘Walthamstow Warrior’ Muhammad was Britain’s first ever Olympic gong in the men’s weight divisions. It was a sterling result for the 21-year-old Londoner who had to fight off a quarter-final defeat and through two repechage events to earn his place on the podium.
John Thrupp, Kumho’s Marketing Director, said: “It is an honour to be associated with such international sporting success.
“The relationship was a natural one bearing in mind Kumho is a Korean company and taekwondo is the national sport of South Korea.
“However, we didn’t expect such meteoric results so soon. The team’s unforgettable performance was a superb advert for their sport and will no doubt encourage many additions to the 100,000 already practising the popular martial art in this country.
“Like GB Taekwondo, we pride ourselves on the performance of our products and now very much look forward to supporting their participation in the 2012 British Taekwondo National Championships, which take place at the Manchester Velodrome on September 8/9.”