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Taekwondo Day 4 Review: Debutants crowned in an eventful day

Updated: 2008-08-24 03:08:12


(BEIJING, August 23) -- Olympic debutant Maria del Rosario Espinoza of Mexico took the gold in the Women's +67kg weight division by beating Nina Solheim of Norway 3-1.

Sarah Stevenson of Great Britain won a bronze medal by overwhelming Noha Abd Rabo of Egypt with a 5-1 victory.

Stevenson was able to compete in the semifinal match instead of Chinese fighter Chen Zhong, whose victory over Stevenson in the quarterfinals was judged as invalid by the Competition Supervisory Board. The new decision ruled that Stevenson won the match 2-1.

The ruling left Chen, two-time Olympic gold medalist, medal-less in the competition.

In the other bronze medal match, Brazilian fighter Natalia Falavigna overpowered reigning European champion Karolina Kedzierska of Sweden 5-2.

In the Men's +80kg division, first-time Olympian Cha Dong-min of the Republic of Korea won the gold by narrowly defeating European champion Alexandros Nikolaidis of Greece 5-4.

Kazakhstani fighter Arman Chilmanov won a bronze medal after his opponent, Angel Valodia Matos of Cuba, was disqualified for exceeding the one-minute injury time allowance.

It was a disappointing day for reigning world champion Daba Modibo Keita of Mali, who was eliminated by Nigerian fighter Chika Yagazie Chukwumerije in the quarterfinals.

Chukwumerije went on to claim a bronze medal by defeating Uzbekistani fighter Akmal Irgashev 4-3.

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