CHIBA, Japan – A pair of little-known teenage taekwondo fighters defeated the gold medal contenders on the first day of the Tokyo Games tournament on Saturday, highlighted by the surprise of Spain’s Adriana Cerezo Iglesias over the twice Chinese Olympic Champion Wu Jingyu.
Even with the difficult way of judging arriving at the Games with most international competitions wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cerezo Iglesias’ victory over Wu, 34, in the women’s -49 kg event was a high impact.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Cerezo Iglesias, 17, who led 33-2 at the end of two rounds and won on ‘point difference. “She is one of my idols, so I was very excited to fight her, and I am so happy to be able to win like this.
“I focused on myself and how I was going to fight. I never thought I could win that way. But a lot can happen here. Nothing is impossible. “
Cerezo Iglesias will face Thai Panipak Wongpattanakit in the -49 kg final.
In the men’s -58kg category, 19-year-old Tunisian Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi appears to be the next “to watch” after claiming a surprise victory over Solomon Demse in the quarter-finals with 23 points. gap.
The teenager then went on to beat ranking gold medal favorite Jang Jun of South Korea 25-19 to reach the final.
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS To access The Philippine Daily Inquirer and more than 70 other titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download from 4 am and share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.
For comments, complaints or inquiries, Contact Us.