Kibabii University’s Jully Musangi won a Gold medal after 4 hotly contested matches in the middleweight (<73kg) category during the 3rd edition of Mount Everest International Open Taekwondo Championship and 1st GCS Mount Everest International Open Kyorugi and Poomse Championship that took place at Pokhara City in Nepal between 20th – 25th September 2022.
The Championship, organized by World Taekwondo and hosted by the Nepal Taekwondo Federation attracted 1,425 taekwondo players from 13 countries with competitions being held in all the eight weight categories, including male and female from 14 to 60 years. The G2 ranked event that was graced by the World Taekwondo President Dr Chungwon Choue.
Jully won her first preliminary match against Pandey Bhavika of India (2-0). In the quarter finals, she played against Jadhav Shreya and won 2-1. She then proceeded to the semi-final against Begum Rumki from Bangladesh and proved too solid for her opponent, winning 2-0. The gold medal match was the highlight of the day, battling against India with a landslide victory in the first two rounds thereby clinching the Gold medal.
She is among the elite athletes of Kibabii University Taekwondo Club who are gunning for Paris 2024 Olympics. Other athletes on the trails are Everlyne Aluoch, Stephen Odhiambo,Edna Sichangi, Ismael Juma, Linda Jemutai, Billy Otieno, Benjamin Kasisi, Leonard Mukanda, Dominic Onkari, Cynthia Wekesa, Scholastica Ouma among others.
According to her Coach Mr. Eliakim Otieno, Jully among others is scheduled to travel to Palestine Open to gather points ahead of World Championship Grade 10 ranking event (G10) in Mexico November 2022.