Rio 2016 Olympic Games (G-20) – Day 4: China takes 2nd title as Azerbaijan closes event with 1st gold
Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
17-20 August 2016
G-20 category event
Round by roun results: M+80 / W+67
Day 4 – Report
China and Azerbaijan won the two last gold medals at Rio 2016 Olympic Games after Shuyin Zheng (CHN) and Radik Isaev (AZE) respectively proved to be the strongest athletes in the Women’s +67 kg and Men’s +80 kg divisions on Saturday at Carioca Arena 3.
Shuyin Zheng, climbed to the top of the Women’s +67 kg podium after defeating Mexican star Maria Espinoza by a comfortanle 5-1 in the final match of the draw, while Isaev grabbed the first Olympic title ever in Taekwondo for Azerbaijan after defeating Abdoulrazak Issoufou from Niger by a clear 6-2. Both Issoufou (NIG) and Espinoza (MEX) had to content themselves with the silver medals of the day.
Zheng’s path to the gold medal started with a victory over Nisha Rawal from Nepal by 2-0 in the last 16 round, followed by another clear win in the Quarter-finals against no other than the double World champion Gwladys Epangue (FRA) by 4-1. In the Semis, the Korean representative got rid of the reigning World champion Bianca Walkden from Great Britain by another 4-1 to secure a place in the big final.
Isaev’s way to the Olympic glory started against Zhaparov from Kazakhstan, whom the Azerbaijani was able to beat by a large margin (11-2). In the Quarter-finals, Cisse didn’t find an easy opponent either, as he had to defeat no other than Dongmin Cha from Korea, whom Isaev got rid of by 12-8 thanks to an impressive performance. In the semis, the Azerbaijani had to battle another tough athlete, Cho from Great Britain, edging the British by 4-1 at the end of the 6 regular minutes.
The bronze medalists in Women’s +67kg ended up being Jackie Galloway from United States and Bianca Walkden from Great Britain. Both of them managed to qualify for the Repechage draw after a tough loss in the Semi-finals, a great performance which opened them the door to the bronze matches. The American representative, who had previously defeated Weekes from Puerto Rico by 5-0 in the Last 16 round and Reshmie Oogink from Netherlands by superiority (1-1) in the Quarter-finals before being overcome by Espinoza (MEX) by superiority (0-0) in the Semi-final, while Walkden smashed Samantha Kassman from Papua New Guinea in her first clash of the day (14-1) before being able to contain the London 2012 gold Milica Mandic (SRB) in the Quarter-finals (5-0). In the Semis, the British representative couldn’t handle Zheng’s power, who jumped to the final after getting rid of Tatar by 4-1. Once in the repechage draw, Galloway clinched the podium after edging Epangue from France by 2-1 in the crucial match. Walkden tasted bronze after getting rid of Dislam from Morocco by 7-1.
The lower step of the podium in Men’s +80 kg was finally occupied by Maicon Siqueira from Brazil and Dongmin Cha from Korea, who finished the repechage stage in Rio as the two most succesful athletes. They had a similar start of the day, as Siqueira made his way to the Quarters after beating Lambdin from USA by 9-7 in the Last 16 round before losing to Issoufou by 6-1, while Beigi got rid of Silla from Belarus by disqualification in his first appearance in Rio before being overcome by Isaev in the Quarter-finals. Once in the repechage stage, Siqueira clinched the podium after getting rid of the Mahama Cho from Great Britain 5-4. Cha confirmed another medal fro Korea in the event after beating Shokin from Uzbekistan by 4-3 in the extra time.
Day 4 – Final Podiums
Women’s +67 kg
1 – Shuyin Zheng (CHN)
2 – Maria Espinoza (MEX)
3 – Bianca Walkden (GBR)
3 – Jackie Galloway (USA)
Men’s +80 kg
1 – Radik Isaev (AZE)
2 – Abdoulrazak Issoufou (NIG)
3 – Maicon Siqueira (BRA)
3 – Dongmin Cha (KOR)