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
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
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.