Rio 2016 Olympic Games (G-20) – Day 3: Korea grabs second gold as Ivory Coast wins first title ever
Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
17-20 August 2016
G-20 category event
Round by roun results: W-67 / M-80
Day 3 – Report
Korea and Ivory Coast clinched the two gold medals at Rio 2016 Olympic Games Day 3 after Hyeri Oh (KOR) and Cheick Cisse (CIV) respectively shone over the rest of competitors in the Women’s -67 kg and Men’s -80 kg divisions on Friday at Carioca Arena 3.
Hyeri Oh, world champion last year in Chelyabinsk, occupied the highest step of the Women’s -67 kg podium after defeating the other favorite of the draw, Haby Niare from France, by an extremely tight 13-12 in an absolute thrilling final match, while Cisse grabbed the first Olympic title ever in Taekwondo for Ivory Coast after defeating Lutalo Muhammad from Great Britain by 8-6 in another spectacular match which wasn’t decided until the very last second, when the African athlete connected the winning head kick with only 1 second to go on the scoreboard. Both Muhammad (GBR) and Niare (FRA) had to content themselves with the silver medals of the day.
Oh’s path to the gold medal started with a comfortable victory over Melissa Pagnotta from Canada by 9-3 in the last 16 round, followed by another clear win in the Quarter-finals against Chia-Chia Chuang from Chinese Taipei by 21-9 with still one round to go. In the Semis, the Korean representative got rid of Azizova from Azerbaijan by narrow 6-5 to secure a place in the big final.
Cisse’s path to the Olympic glory started against a challenging opponent such as the Polish fighter Piotr Pazinski, whom the African was able to beat by a large margin (8-2). In the Quarter-finals, Cisse didn’t find an easy opponent either, as he had to defeat no other than Tahir Guelec from Germany, world champion in 2013 in Puebla, whom the Asian got rid of by 7-1 thanks to an impressive performance. In the semis, the Ivorian had to battle another African athlete, Oueslati from Tunisia. Cisse struggled to overcome the Tunisian power, but managed to make his way to the final after leading the scoreboard by 7-6 at the end of the 6 regular minutes.
The bronze medalists in Women’s -57 kg ended up being Ruth Gbagbi from Ivory Coast and Nur Tatar from Turkey. Both of them managed to qualify for the Repechage draw after a tough loss against Haby Niare throughout the afternoon session of the day, but the fact that the French managed to get to the final opened them the door to the bronzes. The Ivorian representative, who had previously defeated Elsawalhy from Egypt by 4-3 in the Last 16 round lost to Niare (FRA) in the Quarter-finals after the French was able to score only 1 more point on the scoreboard (6-5), while Tatar smashed Carmen Marton from Australia in her first clash of the day (11-1) before being able to contain Rabia Guelec from Germany in the Quarter-finals (5-1). In the Semis, the Turkish representative couldn’t handle Niare’s power, who jumped to the final after getting rid of Tatar by 4-0. Once in the repechage draw, Gbagbi clinched the podium after edging Louissaint from Haiti by 7-2 in the first match and the Azerbaijani Farida Azizova in the second one by a clear 7-1. Tatar tasted bronze after getting rid of Chuang from Chinese Taipei in the crucial fight (7-3).
The lower step of the podium in Men’s -80 kg was finally occupied by Oussama Oueslati from Tunisia and Milad Beigi from Azerbaijan, who finished the repechage stage in Rio as the two most succesful athletes. They had a similar start of the day, as Oueslati made his way to the Semis after beating Rafalovich from Uzbekistan by 11-8 in the Last 16 round and the Liu from Chinese Taipei in the Quarter-finals by 1-0 in the extra time, while Beigi got rid of Coulibaly from Mali by 13-6 in his first appearance in Rio and edged no other than the Iranian Khodabakhshi by a spectacular 17-5 with still one round to be played in the Quarter-finals. Once in the repechage stage, Oueslati clinched the podium after getting rid of the double Olympic champion Steven Lopez (USA) by 14-5. Beigi confirmed the first medal for Azerbaijan in the event after beating Pazinski from Poland by 12-0 with still time to go on the scoreboard.
Day 3 – Final Podiums
Women’s -67 kg
1 – Hyeri Oh (KOR)
2 – Haby Niare (FRA)
3 – Nur Tatar (TUR)
3 – Ruth Gbagbi (CIV)
Men’s -80 kg
1 – Cheick Cisse (CIV)
2 – Lutalo Muhammad (GBR)
3 – Oussama Oueslati (TUN)
3 – Milad Beig (AZE)