Gabon wins first Olympic medal in history
The last day of Taekwondo in London 2012 was historic for Gabon: Anthony Obame (+80kg) won a silver medal for his country, its first Olympic medal in history.
Anthony Obame fought the men’s +80kg final against Italian Carlo Molfetta. It was a tight match in which the first began leading, but Molfetta managed to tie up. At the end of the golden point overtime round the scoreboard was unchanged, leaving it to the judges to decide on the winner. After a long wait, Molfetta was proclaimed winner of the final match of the men’s +80kg.
The bronze medals went to Robelis Despaigne from Cuba and Liu Xiaobo from China. The Cuban athlete won by point gap in the repechage and had to fight against Daba Modibo Keita from Mali. However, Keita withdrew from the competition due to an injury and the bronze went to Despaigne.
In the women’s +67kg category, Serbian Milica Mandic defeated world no. 1, French athlete Anne-Caroline Graffe, and clinched the gold medal, the first gold for her country in London 2012. Korean In-Jong Lee lost by golden point against Anastasia Baryshnikova from Russia, who fought the semifinal against Mandic. Baryshnikova and Mexican Maria del Rosario Espinoza were the the bronze medalists in the women’s +67kg.
[2012 London Olympics Taekwondo Men’s +80kg Division]
Gold: Carlo Molfetta (Italy)
Silver: Anthony Obame (Gabon)
Bronze: Robelis Despaigne (Cuba), Liu Xiaobo (China)
[2012 London Olympics Taekwondo Women’s +67kg Division]
Gold: Milica Mandic (Serbia)
Silver: Anne-Caroline Graffe (France)
Bronze: Anastasia Baryshnikova (Russia), Maria del Rosario Espinoza (Mexico)
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