S. Korea Wins 2 Taekwondo Medals at Rio
[News] l 2016-08-18
Anchor: South Korea's Kim So-hui has won a gold medal in the women's 49-kilogram event in taekwondo at the Rio Olympics. It was South Korea's second medal in taekwondo after Kim Tae-hun's bronze in the men's 58-kilogram division.
Our Kim In-kyung has more.
Report: Two South Koreans garnered medals in the traditional Korean martial art of taekwondo at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Kim So-hui won a gold medal in the women's 49-kilogram event at Carioca Arena 3 on Thursday, bringing home the first taekwondo gold from the Rio games.
The 22-year-old defeated Tijana Bogdanovic of Serbia 7-6.
[Sound bite: Kim So-hui - National Olympic Taekwondo Team (Korean)]
"I am happy to make my country proud. I promised to my parents that I will bring a gold medal for them after the semifinal. I am really happy."
Kim is a two-time world champion and was making her Olympic debut in Rio. Kim's world titles came in the 46-kilogram events in 2011 and 2013.
She also won gold in the same weight division at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
Her compatriot Kim Tae-hun became South Korea's first medalist in taekwondo in Rio by winning a bronze on Wednesday.
The two-time world champion defeated Carlos Navarro of Mexico 7-5 in the bronze medal contest in the men's 58-kilogram division.
Kim fell into repechage after losing his first match of the day to Tawin Hanprab of Thailand. Kim got a reprieve as the loser to the finalist in the round of 16 after Hanprab reached the final.
South Korean taekwondo fighters Lee Dae-hoon, Oh Hye-ri and Cha Dong-min will compete on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
In terms of the overall medal tally, Team Korea remains in eleventh place with seven gold, three silver and six bronze medals.
Kim In-kyung, KBS World Radio News.