By Daniel Etchells at Queretaro Convention Centre

Mexico's men's team, fighting in blue, finished second in Group B ©WTFThere were mixed feelings for Mexico on day one of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships here, as the host nation's men advanced to the semi-finals with their female counterparts missing out.

Having beaten France and the United States, the men's team drew 20-20 with Russia in the final Group B encounter to finish level on seven points with their opponents.

A slightly inferior earned score - the difference between points for and points against -condemned them to a second place finish and they will now take on Iran, winner of all three of their Group A encounters against South Korea, Germany and Ivory Coast.

The team consisted of Damian Villa, Abel Mendoza, Saul Gutierrez and Uriel Adriano, as well as Argentinian Sebastian Crismanich, one of a maximum two athletes that a team can select from other member national associations not competing in the competition. 

The women's team, which has Itzel Manjarrez, Diana Lara, Jessica Chavez, Anel Felix and Maria Espinoza as its core five members, could not replicate the success however, as they were eliminated from the Championships.

Despite beating Russia in their opening Group B match, defeats to eventual qualifiers France and China saw them finish in third place.

South Korea's women's team recorded three wins out of three to top Group A and set up a semi-final encounter with China, while Ivory Coast's tally of six points earned them the runners-up spot and a last four meeting with France.

The other semi-final clash in the men's draw pits Group B winners Russia against Group A runners-up South Korea.

One of two defeats for Mexico's women's team, fighting in blue, came against France ©WTFOne of two defeats for Mexico's women's team, fighting in blue, came against France ©WTF

The preliminary matches were conducted across three rounds.

The first rounds adopted a traditional team match format, with each of the team's athletes competing for one minute, in order from lighter to heavier.

The three-minute second and third rounds used a tag-team match format, with up to eight replacements allowed.

As well as the semi-finals, the finals will also take place tomorrow.

To access a live stream of all the action, click here.

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