Hwang wins gold in women's under-67㎏ taekwondo
Hwang Kyeong-seon captured the gold medal in the women's under-67-kilogram taekwondo finals on Friday at the London Olympics.
Hwang defeated Nur Tatar of Turkey 12-5 for her second straight gold medal. Hwang, 26, is the first female taekwondo fighter to win a medal in three straight Olympics, following bronze in 2004 and gold in 2008.
Holding a 5-3 lead after the first of the three two-minute rounds in the gold medal bout, Hwang blew open the match with six points in the second round. She went up 8-3 with a successful kick to the head, and then put on three successive one-point kicks to Tatar's body for good measure.
The South Korean led 11-4 entering the final two minutes and added her last point with a punch.
Taekwondo fighters earn one point for a kick or a punch to the body, two points for a turning kick to the trunk, three points for a valid kick to the head and four points for a turning kick to the head.
Hwang's was the first taekwondo gold in London, after Lee Dae-hoon took silver in men's under-58㎏ Wednesday. Lee In-jong in the women's over-67㎏ and Cha Dong-min in the men's over-80㎏ will look to add to the medal haul Saturday. (Yonhap)