Karine Sergerie wins taekwondo silver

Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:55am EDT
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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)

<p>Karine Sergerie of Canada fights Hwang Kyungseon (red) of South Korea during the women's -67kg gold medal taekwondo competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 22, 2008. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi</p>