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Taekwondo: USA’s Lopez upsets No. 4 seed, onto quarters in quest for third gold

Rio Olympics Taekwondo Men

Steven Lopez of the United States, left, and Albert Gaun of Russia compete in a men’s Taekwondo 80-kg competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)


USA taekwondo legend Steven Lopez is onto the next one.

At age 37, Lopez is looking for his third gold medal and first of any kind in 8 years.

The No. 13 seed in the 80kg bracket, Lopez has taken the appropriate first step, beating Russia’s Albert Gaun 7-4 in the preliminary round to advance to the quarterfinals.

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There he’ll face No. 5 Lutalo Muhammad of Great Britain or No. 12 Hayder Shkara of Australia.

Lopez won his first Olympic gold medal in Sydney, adding another in Athens before taking bronze in Beijing.

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