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Taiwan takes bronze in men's 68-kg taekwondo

Taiwan Sung Yu-Chi defeated Germany Manz Daniel with final score  4:3 and won a bronze medal for Taiwan. Photo shows Sung Yu-Chi fight with CAMPBELL L...
 Gold medalist South Korea's Son Taejin, second left, poses on the podium with, from left, silver medalist Mark Lopez of the U.S., and joint-bronze me...
 Joint-bronze medalists Taiwan's Sung Yu-Chi  poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men's taekwondo -68 kilogram class at the Beijing ...

Taiwan Sung Yu-Chi defeated Germany Manz Daniel with final score 4:3 and won a bronze medal for Taiwan. Photo shows Sung Yu-Chi fight with CAMPBELL L...

Beijing Olympics Taekwondo Womens 57Kg

Gold medalist South Korea's Son Taejin, second left, poses on the podium with, from left, silver medalist Mark Lopez of the U.S., and joint-bronze me...

Beijing Olympics Taekwondo Womens 57Kg

Joint-bronze medalists Taiwan's Sung Yu-Chi poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men's taekwondo -68 kilogram class at the Beijing ...

Taiwan bagged another bronze medal Thursday when Sung Yu-chi beat Daniel Manz of Germany 4-3 in the bronze medal competition in the men's taekwondo 68 kg class at the Beijing Olympics, bringing Taiwan its fourth bronze medal of the games.
Sung's victory came one day after Taiwan's Chu Mu-yen, a 2004 Athens Olympics gold medalist, took the country's third bronze medal in the men' under-58 kg category of the event.
Sung fell to his knees and thanked his coach and his father, Sung Ching-hung, soon after he was announced the winner of the match.
Despite his victory, Sung said he felt the bronze medal was "not good enough."
"I am in perfect condition, " he said, expressing regret that he lost to Son Taejin of South Korea 6-7 in a semifinal match, thereby missing the opportunity for gold.
Taiwan's taekwondo fighters took two golds in the 2004 Athens Olympics.
In a quarterfinal match earlier in the day, Sung edged out Dmitriy Kim of Uzbekistan 3-2.
Meanwhile, in the women's 57 kg class, Taiwan's Su Li-wen, who had suffered from an injury to her left knee since the preliminary round of 16 earlier in the day, was defeated by Croatia's Martina Zubcic 4-5 in the bronze medal match.
Su tied with Zubcic 4-4 after the first three rounds, but lost a decisive point in the fourth round.
During the match, Su managed to continue fighting after falling several times in obvious pain, as she did in previous competitions.
Her perseverance earned her rounds of applause and cheers from the audience in Beijing, as well as from members of the press from various countries.
The 27-year-old -- who won gold at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok and the 2008 Asian Taekwondo Championship -- was taken to hospital soon after her defeat.
Prior to the competition, Su was described by the U.S.-based Sports Illustrated as the only Taiwanese athlete capable of winning a gold for the country. It was her first Olympics.
Her defeat came after she beat Robin Cheong of New Zealand 1-0 in the repechage section of the event, but lost the round of 16 to Lim Su-jeong of South Korea 0-1.


Updated : 2020-12-05 03:24 GMT+08:00