Taiwan's Huang Ying-hsuan wins bronze in taekwondo worlds debut

11/21/2022 02:14 PM
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Huang Ying-hsuan shows her bronze medal in Mexico on Sunday with a grin on her face. Photo courtesy of Liu Tsung-ta (劉聰達)
Huang Ying-hsuan shows her bronze medal in Mexico on Sunday with a grin on her face. Photo courtesy of Liu Tsung-ta (劉聰達)

Taipei, Nov. 21 (CNA) Taiwan's Huang Ying-hsuan (黃映瑄) defeated the world No. 1 on her way to winning a bronze medal in the women's under-46 kilogram division at the 2022 World Taekwondo Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday.

Huang, a freshman at National Taiwan Sport University, was making her debut in an international competition after having missed the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Competing in the lightest weight category for women, she ran the table with three early wins in the rounds of 64, 32, and 16, before upsetting world No. 1 Kang Mi-reu of South Korea in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinal against Turkey's Rukiye Yildirim, Huang fell behind 2-7 in the first round, but then rallied with nine unanswered points, before Yildirim connected on a head kick to pull out a narrow 13-12 win.

Huang lost the match 0-2 after dropping the second round 5-12, earning one of two bronze medals in the weight class.

Yildirim went on to win silver, while Lena Stojković of Croatia won gold.

After the match, Huang's coach Chang Sheng-kuo (張盛國) told CNA that she had appeared "flustered" in the second round against Yildirim, after losing the first in such a narrow decision.

But he credited Huang for her "fearless" performance in the tournament, saying her top-four finish had "far exceeded" their expectations for her international debut.

In this year's world championships, which concluded on Sunday, Taiwan entered competitors in all 16 weight classes (8 men and 8 women) and won medals in three.

In addition to Huang's bronze medal, Chen Po-yen (陳柏諺) won a bronze in the men's under-54 kg division, and Olympic medalist Lo Chia-ling (羅嘉翎) grabbed a silver in the women's under-57 kg division.

In taekwondo's scoring system, between one and five points are awarded for valid punches and kicks to an opponent's trunk protector (torso) or head, and deducted for each penalty committed.

While past world championships added up the total score over three two-minute rounds to determine the victor, this year's competition adopted a new best-of-three scoring system in which the first to win two rounds was declared the winner.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Matthew Mazzetta)

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