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(LEAD) (Asian Games) S. Korean taekwondo fighter Kim Tae-hun wins gold in men's 58kg

20:22 August 20, 2018

(ATTN: ADDS photo; details from 4th para)
By Joo Kyung-don

JAKARTA, Aug. 20 (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.

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

South Korea's Kim Tae-hun (L) competes in the men's 58-kilogram division taekwondo sparring competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on Aug. 20, 2018. (Yonhap)

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.



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