Taiwan secures women's taekwondo gold

Taiwan secures women's taekwondo gold
Taiwan's Huang Yun Wen celebrates her victory against South Korea's Yoon Jeong-Yeon in the women's -53 kg taekwondo final event at Ganghwa Dolmens gymnasium in Ganghwa, outside Incheon, on September 30, 2014.

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Huang Yun-wen (黃韻文) defeated her slightly more experienced South Korean opponent in the 2014 Asian Games' women's taekwondo bantamweight match to win a gold medal yesterday.

The 19-year-old Huang defeated her opponent Yoon Jeong-yeon 4-2 to win the eighth gold medal for Taiwan.

Huang has been on the offensive since the quarterfinals. She exhibited the same aggressiveness in the final, with an upper roundhouse kick that landed on her opponent's face in the first round, which gave her an early 3-point lead.

Down 3-0 after the first round, Yoon responded with one-point kicks in the second round and early in the final round. Huang scored a point of her own midway through to give herself a two-point cushion.

In the final round, Huang was already leading by two points. She stayed on the offensive and scored one more point in the third round. In the final minute and a half, Huang adeptly kept her opponent at bay to secure gold.

With the win, Huang helped Taiwan keep the marvelous record of winning gold medals for 20 consecutive years in Asian Games' taekwondo matches.

A Strong Showing Leading to the Game

Huang had won a series of matches leading to the final. She first defeated her Nepali opponent 12-0, then her Vietnamese opponent 13-5, and finally her Iranian opponent 5-0 in the quarter final.

Studying at National Taiwan University of Sport, Huang is one of Taiwan's top athletes. She has attended seven international competitions so far this year, grabbing four gold medals and two silver medals.

Huang grabbed a gold medal at the 2014 Canada Open, her very first international match of the year, and then secured a silver medal in 2014 US Open Taekwondo Championships.

In the 2014 Asian Taekwondo Championships, which took place in May, Huang lost to Yoon Jeong-yeon, her opponent yesterday, to take a silver medal.

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