Molfetta wins Olympic gold in men’s plus-80K
Carlo Molfetta of Italy won the Olympic taekwondo gold medal in
the men’s heavyweight division Saturday.
Molfetta was awarded the victory by decision after he and
Anthony Obame of Gabon fought a tense final that was still tied
after an overtime round. Obame’s silver is Gabon’s first Olympic
The 28-year-old Molfetta is a police officer in Rome and has
twice won silver at the world championships. He fought
strategically on Saturday, jumping to land head kicks on his taller
opponents and ducking out of the way before counter-attacking
The bronze medals were won by Robelis Despaigne of Cuba and Liu
Xiaobo of China.