Paige McPherson Loses Bronze Medal Bout to Egypt's Hedaya Wahba

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Paige McPherson fell short in the bronze medal contest of the women’s 67kg taekwondo tournament on Monday. Egypt’s Hedaya Wahba came out on top with a 17-6 win. McPherson led 5-4 heading into the third round, but Wahba dominated the final round by a 14-1 score.

McPherson, a bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, was competiting in her third Olympics. Wahba, on the other hand, took home her second career Olympic medal after claiming a bronze at the 2016 Rio Games.

The American’s road to the bronze medal bout included wins over Azerbaijan’s Farida Azizova and Turkey’s Nur Tatar and a semifinal loss to Croatia’s Matea Jelic.