Taiwanese taekwondo athlete wins Olympic warm-up

By Lung Po-an and Jamie Wang

“Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) Taiwanese taekwondo athlete Yang Shu-chun defeated four rivals Sunday to clinch the title in the 49-kg category in a test event for the 2012 London Olympic Games. … Top-seeded Yang ousted French counterpart Sondess Ben Tahar in the first round 5-4 before trouncing China’s Liu Liping 6-2….”

“…The test event, held at the ExCeL London — where the taekwondo competition of the Olympics is scheduled to take place, featured only four weight groups and Taiwan had only one competitor in two of the four — the women’s 49-kg and the men’s 68-kg categories.… Read the rest

London Test Event this weekend

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By Bill Kellick

“The U.S. Taekwondo Team is getting a sneak peak this week at the venues and operations of the ExCel Center in London during the London Test Event. 2012 Olympic hopefulsTerrence Jennings (Alexandria, Va.), Diana Lopez (Sugar Land, Texas), Steven Lopez(Sugar Land, Texas) and Paige McPherson(Sturgis, S.D.), along with National Team Coaches Jean Lopez and Juan Moreno, and Team Leader Meredith Miller are touring the areas that will be used for the Taekwondo competition and the training venues that the U.S.… Read the rest

How Exercise Benefits the Brain

Does exercise strengthen your brain while it builds muscle?

By Gretchen Reynolds

“To learn more about how exercise affects the brain, scientists in Ireland recently asked a group of sedentary male college students to take part in a memory test followed by strenuous exercise. … First, the young men watched a rapid-fire lineup of photos with the faces and names of strangers.… Read the rest