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China's Zhao wins 58kg taekwondo gold in Rio Olympics

2016-08-18 11:08:00 Xinhuanet

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Zhao Shuai of China won the men's under-58kg Olympic taekwondo title in Rio on Wednesday, beating Thailand's Tawin Hanprab 6-4 in the final.

Zhao, the bronze medalist in the 2015 world championships, led from the first score and had a 5-1 margin after two rounds. Hanprab reduced the deficit to 5-4 in the final round with a three-point head kick. But Zhao managed to stay calm and scored a point to hold onto his lead until the end.

"I am really excited. I wasn't burdened with pressure because I was not considered the title favorite before the competition," said the 21-year-old Zhao.

Luisito Pie of the Dominican Republic and South Korea's Kim Tae-hun collected the bronze medals.

China's Zhao Shuai celebrates after the men's -58kg gold medal contest of Taekwondo against Thailand's Tawin Hanprab at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 17, 2016. Zhao Shuai won the gold medal.

China's Zhao Shuai celebrates after the men's -58kg gold medal contest of Taekwondo against Thailand's Tawin Hanprab at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 17, 2016. Zhao Shuai won the gold medal.

 

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