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Zheng Shuyin wins 2nd Olympic gold for China in taekwondo

2016-08-22 08:23:00 Xinhuanet

China's Zheng Shuyin (L) competes against Mexico's Maria Del Rosario Espinoza Espinoza during the women's +67kg final of Taekwondo at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 20, 2016. Zheng Shuyin won the gold medal. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- China's Zheng Shuyin matched her boyfriend Zhao Shuai's Olympic feat on Saturday when she upset 2008 Olympic champion Maria del Rosario Espinoza Espinoza of Mexico to win the the women's +67kg taekwondo title at the Rio Games.

Zheng, inspired by Zhao's victory in the men's 58kg category on Thursday, fully executed her advantage in height over Espinoza Espinoza and won the final by 5-1. It was China's second gold medal of these Games in taekwondo.

"I am taller so I tried to keep my distance. If she is close she is faster than me, so I kept her away," said Zheng, who is 14cm taller than her Mexican opponent.

Zheng, who is making her Olympic debut in Rio, scored a point in the first round and extended her lead to 5-1 in the third.

"I knew it is going to be difficult as Zheng is really tall. I didn't get what I wanted but did my best," said Espinoza Espinoza.

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