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Argentina's Sebastian Crismanich wins men's welterweight gold

Updated: Friday, 10 Aug 2012 23:04 | Comments

Sebastian Eduardo Crismanich soaks up the acclaim after claiming the gold medal
Sebastian Eduardo Crismanich soaks up the acclaim after claiming the gold medal

Argentina's Sebastian Eduardo Crismanich won the men's welterweight taekwondo gold medal by beating Nicolas Garcia Hemme of Spain in the final at the London Games.

Crismanich, who won the Pan American qualifiers for London, beat Hemme 1-0 in a cagey final to win Argentina's first Olympic taekwondo medal. The Argentine scored the deciding point with seconds remaining then survived an onslaught to seal the gold.

Britain's Lutalo Muhammad, controversially selected in place of world number one Aaron Cook, lost to Hemme in the quarter-finals but made it through the repechage competition where he beat Armenia's Arman Yeremyan to win a bronze medal.

Italy's Mauro Sarmiento took the other bronze.

Hwang Kyung-seon of South Korea successfully defended her Olympic title in the under-67 kilograms division and became the first woman to win taekwondo medals in three successive Games.

Hwang Kyung-seon of South Korea successfully defended her Olympic title in the under-67 kilograms division and became the first woman to win taekwondo medals in three successive Games.

The 26-year-old won bronze in 2004 and turned that into gold in Beijing four years ago, and tonight she was far too strong for Turkey's Nur Tatar, winning the final 12-5.

The bronze medals both went to athletes who came through the repechage.

America's Paige McPherson, 21, who knocked out world champion Sarah Stevenson from Great Britain in round one, defeated Franka Anic of Slovenia 8-3 while Germany's Helena Fromm beat Carmen Marton of Australia 8-2.

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