Edward Jeong, a sophomore Martial Arts Studies major at the University of Bridgeport, has won the bronze medal at the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships that were held October 30 to November 2 in Mexico.
Last year, Jeong finished seventh in the world.
Martial Arts Studies Program Chairman Dr. Yongbom Kim called Jeong “a hardworking, exceptional, accomplished athlete and dedicated student.”
Taekowndo is in the blood for Jeong. He began sparring at age 3 with encouragement from his father, taekwondo Grandmaster Jae Hyung Jeong. His brother also spars competitively, and his mother recently trained for her black belt.
The World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships are held annually in different locations around the world and are crucial testing grounds for the Olympics. This year, 461 poomsae athletes from 46 countries competed in 36 categories, including eight for freestyle poomsae.
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