Hwang Kyung-seon Defends Olympic Title in Taekwondo

Hwang Kyung-seon Hwang Kyung-seon

Hwang Kyung-seon won the gold medal in the women's -67 kg taekwondo competition at the London Olympics on Saturday, beating Turkey's Nur Tatar 12-5. This marks the first time that a taekwondo athlete from any country has successfully defended their title at the Olympics.

Hwang also became the first female athlete to medal in the discipline for three straight Summer Games. Previously, only two men have achieved the feat -- Steven Lopez of the U.S. and Iran's Hadi Saei, each of whom has pocketed two gold and one bronze medal at the Olympics.

Meanwhile, with Hwang's victory, Korea picked up a total of 13 gold medals in London, matching the previous record it set in Beijing four years ago.

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 13, 2012 11:37 KST