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(Olympics) S. Korean Kim Jung-hwan wins fencing bronze

All Headlines 08:14 August 11, 2016

By Yoo Jee-ho

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korean fencer Kim Jung-hwan captured bronze in the men's individual sabre at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Wednesday.

Kim defeated Mojtaba Abedini of Iran 15-8 in the bronze medal bout at Caroica Arena 3. Kim had gone 4-1 against Abedini in five previous meetings.

The victory was also a measure of revenge for the South Korean team, as Abedini had knocked off South Korean Gu Bon-gil in the round of 16 earlier Wednesday.

Kim's medal was South Korea's second in fencing in Rio. On Tuesday, Park Sang-young won gold in the men's individual epee.

Kim charged out to a 6-0 lead to set the tone early, and built an 11-3 lead. The Iranian got to 13-8 late but Kim closed him out with two straight points.

Earlier Wednesday, Kim lost to Aron Szilagyi of Hungary 15-12 in the semifinals.

Szilagyi, the 2012 Olympic champion, scored the first five points of the bout and opened up a 13-8 in the third period.

Kim then earned four straight points to make it a one-point match. The Hungarian, though, proved too much for Kim to handle and scored the final two points to reach the gold medal bout.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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