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(LEAD) Sim Jae-young wins gold for S. Korea's first medal at taekwondo worlds

All News 20:36 June 25, 2017

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By Yoo Jee-ho

MUJU, South Korea, June 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Sim Jae-young won a gold for her country's first medal at taekwondo's biennial world championships on Sunday.

Sim defeated Thi Kim Tuyen Truong of Vietnam 18-9 to take the women's under-46kg title at the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) World Taekwondo Championships at Taekwondowon's T1 Arena in Muju, 240 kilometers south of Seoul.

This was the first world title for the 21-year-old. In her world championships debut two years ago in Chelyabinsk, Russia, Sim was eliminated in the round of 16.

In the first of the three two-minute rounds, Sim opened a 3-1 lead, as Truong received three "gam-jeom," or deduction penalties.

Sim earned two points with a kick in the second round, and Truong got another penalty to allow the South Korean to take a 6-1 lead.

In the action-packed third round, Sim gave away six points on penalties, but scored eight points on kicks and three more for a kick to Truong's head.

Truong self-destructed with five more penalties in the final frame.

Sim said it was "an honor and a pleasure" to bring the host country its first gold medal.

"I'm happy to win the title in my second try," Sim said. "But this is only the beginning for me. I'll try to keep getting better."

In the semifinals earlier Sunday, Sim handily defeated Andrea Ramirez Vargas of Colombia 19-6. She clung to a 2-1 lead after the first of three two-minute rounds, but added nine points in the second round, thanks to three kicks to the head, each worth three points.

Sim scored eight more points in the final round for the easy victory.

The competition began Saturday and will wrap up Friday.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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