BEIJING (Reuters) - Canada’s Karine Sergerie won the Olympic silver medal in the women’s -67kg taekwondo on Friday, while South Korea’s Hwang Kyung-seon won the gold
After a tentative start to the bout, Sergerie drew first blood, landing a sweeping side-kick to Hwang’s chest to take a one-point lead into the second period.
With South Korean fans singing “Korea must win!,” Hwang lifted her intensity in the second two-minute round, leveling the score.
With scores locked in the final period, the double world champion South Korean unleashed a scorching round-house kick in the final 30 seconds to take a one-point lead and held the advantage until the clock ran down.
World silver medalist Gwladys Epangue recovered from her semi-final loss to Hwang to beat Australia’s Tina Morgan 4-1 to take a bronze.
Sandra Saric of Croatia took the other bronze, coasting to a 5-1 victory over Puerto Rico’s Asuncion Ocasio Rodriguez.
Hwang became the third gold medalist for South Korea after her team mates Lim Su-jeong and Son Tae-jin swept the women’s and men’s golds on Thursday.
Editing by Steve Ginsburg