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Jung Jae-Eun wins gold in women's Taekwondo

Posted September. 28, 2000 20:39,   


Jung Jae-Eun of South Korea beat Tran Hieu Ngan of Vietnam 3-1 to win the gold medal in the Sydney Olympics women's under-57 kg class Taekwondo event at the State Sports Center in Olympic Park.

Jung's gold brought to six the total number of gold medals Korea has won in the Summer Olympics.

In the men's under-68 class, Sin Joon-Sik lost to Steven Lopez of the United States on a penalty after ending the three rounds at 1-1. Shin was given two warnings and Lopez one, giving Lopez the coveted gold medal.

Jung, 20, of the Korea University of Physical Education, overpowered her Vietnamese counterpart from the first round and led 3-0 until she allowed one point at the end of the third round for a 3-1 win.

Champion of the 1997 Hong Kong World Championship, Jung advanced to the finals after edging Hamide Bikcin of Turkey 3-2. Bikcin won the bronze.

She passed the first round by drawing a bye and overwhelmed Christiana Corsi of Italy 8-1 in the second match.

In the men's under-68kg class, Sin, a Kyung Hee University student, led the much taller Lopez 1-0 until he allowed one point in the final minutes of the third round. However, Sin was given two warnings compared to Lopez' one, leaving him with the silver medal. Sin could not attack Lopez effectively as he was blocked by his long legs. Earlier, Sin advanced to the finals after beating world ranking No. 1 Hadi Saeibonehkohal of Iran 5-3. Saeibonehkohal was the 1998 World Cup champion and 1999 World Championship winner.