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S. Korean Kim Tae-hun defends world taekwondo title

All Headlines 09:55 May 17, 2015

CHELYABINSK, Russia, May 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korean taekwondo fighter Kim Tae-hun defended his world title in Russia on Sunday.

Kim defeated Stanislav Denisov of Russia 14-7 in the men's under-54kg final at the 2015 World Taekwondo Championships at Traktor Arena in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

Kim, 20, has been virtually unbeatable in the men's lightest class in the past two years. He grabbed his first world championship in the category in 2013, and then won both the Asian championship and the Asian Games gold medal last year.

In the women's competition, Lim Geum-byeol became the surprise winner of the under-53kg division after beating Huang Yun-Wen from Chinese Taipei 10-5. At 16, Lim became the youngest South Korean ever to win a taekwondo world championship.

South Korea leads all nations with three gold medals and one bronze medal so far. The competition is scheduled to finish Monday.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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