Ivory Coast’s Taekwondo queen Ruth Gbagbi was ranked world number one in her 67 kg category for the month of January by World Taekwondo, the international federation governing the sport, which is also a member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations.
The 25-year-old had a total of 417.81 points, earning five places from December’s ranking on which she realized 347.89 points and placed sixth.
“I think I made good progress and most of that came from my success of last month of December 2019. I really wanted to end the year in a good note because it was a pre-Olympic year and every athlete is sensitive about that,” Gbagbi told www.ACLsports.com
She booked her ticket for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo after claiming gold medal at the Moscow 2019 World Taekwondo Grand-Prix final in Russia early last month.
“I really want more. I am hoping to get something better this time and I have started basic training. I hope there would be no injury issues and that we will go to Japan in good shape.”
Ruth Gbagbi won bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil while her compatriot Cheick Cissé won gold.