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S. Korean taekwondo fighter Kim Tae-hun wins gold in men's 58kg

By Yonhap
  • Published : Aug 20, 2018 - 20:37
  • Updated : Aug 20, 2018 - 20:37

JAKARTA (Yonhap) -- South Korean taekwondo fighter Kim Tae-hun won a gold medal in the men's 58-kilogram division at the 18th Asian Games on Monday.

Kim defeated Niyaz Pulatov of Uzbekistan 24-6 in the final to claim his second career Asian Games gold. He topped the men's 54kg at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. 

Kim Tae-hun and coaching staff celebrate his gold medal at the Asian Games on Monday. Yonhap

It was also South Korea's first gold medal from taekwondo "kyorugi" (sparring) competition at Jakarta-Palembang 2018.

Against Pulatov, Kim finished the first round 2-1. He earned six points in the beginning of the second round, however, after successfully landing a turning kick on Pulatov's body. He then earned a point from a penalty and two points on a body kick to finish the second round 11-2.

Kim then easily secured gold by earning 13 points in the third round, while Pulatov only got four.

At Jakarta Convention Center Plenary Hall, Kim, who was also a bronze medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, trounced Chen Xiaoyi of China 40-2 in the round of 16.

Kim had a tough bout in the quarterfinal, but edged Yeldos Yskak of Kazakhstan 11-9. The 24-year old, however, had relatively easy semifinal as he beat Sergio Suzuki of Japan 24-11.