Hwang Kyung-seon wins Olympic gold in taekwondo

Hwang Kyung-seon of South Korea defended her Olympic taekwondo

gold medal in the 67-kilogram division Friday.

Hwang beat Nur Tatar of Turkey in a final in which both fighters

were on the attack from the start. Both scored head shots within 12

seconds of the match’s start, with the kicks nearly landing

simultaneously.

Hwang won 12-5. She is the first woman to win three Olympic

taekwondo medals. The 26-year-old Hwang also won a bronze at the

2004 Athens Games and is a two-time world champion.

Hwang used her speed and flexibility to outkick her opponents on

Friday, often throwing several targeted head shots from the same

leg.

It is South Korea’s second Olympic taekwondo medal of the London

Games after Lee Dae-hoon won silver in the men’s lightweight

division on Wednesday.

The bronze medals were won by Paige McPherson of the U.S. and

Helena Fromm of Germany.