By Paul Osborne

Mexico and South Korea have won the men's and women's titles at the 2013 World Cup Team Championships in Abidjan ©WTFDecember 1 -  Mexico have come out on top of the fifth edition of the World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships overcoming hosts Ivory Coast in the final of the men's event.

Following three days of exhilarating competition at the Palais des Sport arena in Abidjan, which saw 170 athletes from 15 countries competing, the South Americans maintained their unbeaten run to edge past the Ivory Coast 17-11 and claim their first medal at the Team Championships since its inauguration in 2006.

Starting the tournament with an opening day draw with China, the Mexican side went from strength to strength beating France in their second preliminary group game before triumphing 28-21 over Spain to take top spot in the group and progress to the quarter finals.

Here they overcame Brazil to book a place in the semi finals, where they faced group C winners South Korea.

The semi-finals proved an extremely tight affair with Mexico just edging past South Korea by nine points to eight, before hosts Ivory Coast, looking to maintain their 100 per cent record, and spurred on by an exuberant home crowd, got the better of Russia, winning the match 17-16.

Fans were treated to an impressive showing in the final and, despite not seeing the result many had wished for, met the athletes with a warm reception following the conclusion of the fight which saw Mexico claim the gold.

The result left the Ivory Coast with a deserved silver medal in their first Team Championships with Russia and defending champions South Korea picking up the two bronze medals.

South Korea came out on top of the women's competition, beating defending champions China in the final ©WTFSouth Korea came out on top of the women's competition, beating defending champions China in the final ©WTF

The women's competition saw three-time champions South Korea add another gold to their tally with victory over defending champions China.

Both teams had dominated their groups and came into the final boasting 100 per cent win records.

The South Korean side proved too strong for their East Asian counterparts however and triumphed 12-9, taking the gold medal and their fourth title in five Team Championships.

France and Ivory Coast picked up the two bronze medals following defeats to the respective finalists in the semis.

The two teams will come away from the tournament with their heads held high knowing that their only defeats came at the hands of each of the finalists.

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