September 28, 2000 20:34
Korean Olympic Taekwondo competitor Jung Jae-eun won the first gold medal for Korean team in the women's under 57kg final defeating Tran Hleu Noan of Vietnam 3:1 at the State Sports Centre, Homebush Bay, Sydney Olympic Park on Thursday evening (KST). Jung gained a first point lead with a "deuk-jeom" (score) at 30 seconds before the end of the first round. Then she placed another kick to gain one more point with just 5 seconds left in the second round of three minutes. In the last round, Jung assured her gold medal by taking a 3:0 lead but surrendered a point with 6 seconds left.
The Korean men's Taekwondo team was not as successful as the women's. Sin Joon-sik of Kyunghee University lost to Steven Lopez of the United States in the men's under 68kg final due to a "gam-jeom" (penalty) in a 1:1 situation. Sin had a 1:0 lead in the last round but lost a point to Lopez who fought back with a kick on the left side of Sin's face and then the referee ordered his score reduced for delaying. Sin was thus left with the silver.
Korea's total medal tally is six gold, eight silver and nine bronze, placing it 11th, while North Korea trails with one silver and two bronze.
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