Jingyu Wu wins two consecutive Olympic golds
Chinese Jingyu Wu succeeded in winning 2 consecutive Olympic gold medals.
On the first day of the Taekwondo event celebrated at the ExCel Centre, Wu fought against Spanish Brigitte Yagüe in the women’s -49kg finals and beat her 8-1. Once again, she demonstrated her superiority within her category.
After winning a gold medal at Beijing 2008, Wu has become the first female Taekwondo athlete to clinch a gold medal in two consecutive Olympic Games.
Wu was better than her opponents but was also lucky with the match groups. Shu-Chun Yang from Chinese Taipei, Chanatip Sonkham from Thailand and Spanish Brigitte Yagüe, all of her strongest opponents were in the same group.
One difficult opponent in her group was Lucija Zaninovic, one of the Croatian Zaninovic twins. However, she wasn’t good enough to block her way to the gold. Wu beat Zaninovic in the semifinal, with a result of 19-7, demonstrating her superiority.
Wu fought the final against Brigitte Yagüe, from Spain.
Brigitte had made it to the final after the fiercest fight in the category, against Sonkham, in which she dramatically turned around the score almost at the end of the match.
It seemed as if the semifinal had burned her out. Wu took an exhausted Brigitte and attacked her with a kick on the face. She won overwhelmingly her second gold in two consecutive Olympic Games.
Wu’s competition skills were clearly different from the other athletes in this edition of the Olympics. With her calm attitude as an expert athlete throughout the rounds until the final, she showed her superiority to the crowd.
Aaron Cook, who was not selected as a participant but was watching the competition, was amazed with the Chinese athlete and said that, “Jingyu Wu is unstoppable”. Kim Se-Hyuk, Coach of the Korean Olympic Taekwondo Team said that “she is a desirable athlete” and didn’t spare compliments to her.
On August 9th, the women’s -57kg and men’s -68kg categories will be fighting for the Olympic medals.
[Women’s -49kg Result]
Gold : Wu Jingyu (China)
Silver : Brigitte Yague Enrique (Spain)
Bronze : Chanapa Sonkham (Thailand), Lucija Zaninovic (Croatia)
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