Vietnamese bags gold at world junior taekwondo champs

Thursday, 2018-04-12 11:09:17
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Ho Thi Kim Ngan of Vietnam (second, left) poses with other athletes after winning a gold medal of the women’s U49kg title at the World Taekwondo Junior Championships in Tunisia. (Photo:
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NDO/VNA - Ho Thi Kim Ngan won a gold medal on April 11 (Hanoi time) at the World Taekwondo Junior Championship in Tunisia.

This is her second consecutive victory in the tournament. Two years ago, Ngan won a gold medal in the U44kg discipline.

She defeated Kafada Josipa of Canada 8-7 in the final match of the women’s U49kg category.

Ngan performed remarkably before entering the final.

The referee was forced to stop the first-round match in the second set due to a huge gap of 26-3 against Lama Ayasha from Nepal.

The next two rounds also saw Ngan dominate against Portuguese Fariah Rafaela and Pirseyidova Sevda of Azerbaijan, winning 22-0 and 20-0, respectively.

In the quarter-finals, Ngan defeated Petrocchi Chiara from Aruba 23-20 before beating German Laura Goebel 10-6 in the last-four round.

Although the final against Josipa was challenging, the 17-year-old girl emerged victorious.

The bronze medals went to Goebel of Germany and Kazarnovskaia of Russia.

Prior to Ngan, Pham Ngoc Cham (women’s U46kg) and Pham Dang Quang (men’s U63kg) both lost at the world event.

The world tournament, which will wrap up on April 13, has welcomed more than 1,500 visitors from over 156 countries.