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Jang Jun wins World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Russia

All Headlines 12:09 August 12, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) -- Jang Jun, an 18-year-old taekwondo practitioner, won the World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Russia on Sunday, becoming the youngest Korean ever to win a gold in the event.

He took the Moscow Grand Prix title in the men's 58-kilogram category after a series of overwhelming victories in the previous bouts.

After the final, Jang said, "I am happy to win the same event that I lost last year in my first appearance."

He also showed determination to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"I narrowly lost to Kim Tae-hun to win the ticket for the Asian Games," he said. "I will train harder to improve my physical strength to win next time."

Taekwondo practitioner Jang Jun (2nd from left) holds the gold medal after winning the World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 11, 2018, in this photo provided by World Taekwondo. (Yonhap)

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