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Aaron Cook, Great Britain??s hope reserves gold medal at Olympics

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Great Britain’s Aaron Cook won the gold medal at the “Test Event for London 2012 Olympic Games” on December 4th at the London ExCel Centre. 

The biggest obstacle for male -80kg Aaron Cook was Yousef Karami, the Iranian athlete he met in the quarterfinals. Their match, which could be considered practically the category’s final, exceded everyone’s expectations. Cook earned 5 points only in the first round, controlling over Karami. First round ended 5-2. Karami seemed to act hesitantly at first, but managed to score 3 points and tied up the match. In the 3rd round, Cook showed his persistence and finally won 10-7.

However, Spanish Nicolas García was no easy opponent to Cook either. In the beginning of the semifinals match, the Spanish athlete led the fight, keeping his superiority until the 2nd round, with a 1-5 against Cook. In the 3rd round, after losing another 5 points to García, Cook turned around the fate of the match by earning 9 points, drawing García to sudden death. At this point, luck was on Cook’s side. With a ‘dolyeo-chagi’ that made the British crowd roar, Cook made it to the final.

The British star earned the gold medal after Ramin Azizov withdrew from the final match due to an injury.

In the female +67kg, this category’s star French Gwladys Épangue won the gold medal after beating Maeva Mellier (France), Sae-BomAhn (S.Korea), Anastasia Baryshnikova (Russia).

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