South Korea Adds Another Olympic Gold in Taekwondo

      August 28, 2004 13:26

      South Korea has added another gold. Jang Ji-won secured the country's 8th Olympic gold in the women's under 57 kilogram Taekwondo. The win has lifted Korea to 9th place in the overall medal standings.

      As expected, South Korea's Taekwondo athletes are going strong in Athens, Greece. In the women's under 57 kilogram event on Friday, Jang Ji-won came out on top, striking the country's 8th gold.

      Korea's Jang Ji Wong celebrates her win against Nia Abdallah of the U.S. after the women's under 57kg gold medal match in the taekwondo event at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Friday.


      In the final match against Nia Abdullah of the United States, Jang took an early lead of 4-nil after two rounds, enabling her home fans to sit back and enjoy the game. But in the third and final round, the mood began to change in favor of the U.S. athlete. The referee deducted two points from the South Korean player for lacking aggression.

      Korea's Jang Ji Wong (left) kicks out at Nia Abdallah of the U.S. during the Women's under 57kg gold medal match in the taekwondo event at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Friday.


      And with Abduallah scoring a point by successfully landing a roundhouse kick on Jang's side, the match quickly turned into a nail-biting one. But it was the South Korean player's experience that determined the color of the medals for both finalists. Using effective defense skills, Jang Ji-won outwitted her U.S. counterpart who was considered a newcomer in the international Taekwondo arena. The final score was Jang 2 Abdullah 1.

      Meanwhile, in the men's under 68-kilogram event, South Korea's Song Myong-sup clinched a disappointing bronze after losing to Iran's Hadi Bonehkohal in the semifinals.

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