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

medal.

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

others.

The bronze medals were won by Robelis Despaigne of Cuba and Liu

Xiaobo of China.