Great Britain, Jordan take gold in Thursday’s taekwondo events
Two more taekwondo events were completed Thursday, with athletes from Great Britain and Jordan taking gold.
In the women’s featherweight division, Great Britain’s Jade Jones took gold with a 16-7 victory over Spain’s Eva Calvo Gomez in the gold medal bout. For Jones this is her second consecutive Olympic gold medal in the event, and after taking silver at last year’s World Championships Calvo Gomez has an Olympic silver medal as well.
Taking bronze were Egypt’s Hedaya Wahba, who is the first African to win a taekwondo medal, and Iran’s Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin. Alizadeh is the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal.
Japan’s Mayu Hamada, who won last year’s World Championships, lost to Wahba in the quarterfinal round.
The men’s featherweight division was also contested, with Jordan’s Ahmad Abughaush taking gold with a 10-6 victory over Russia’s Alexey Denisenko. Abughaush is Jordan’s first-ever Olympic medalist in any sport, and he defeated the silver medalist at last year’s World Championships to accomplish that feat. Taking bronze were Spain’s Joel Gonzalez Bonilla and South Korea’s Daehoon Lee.