ASIAN GAMES: Taekwondo jin Lopez settles for Philippines' fourth bronze

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 21, 2018 06:28 PM
Taekwondo jin Lopez settles for Philippines' fourth bronze
China's Zongshi Luo, left, competes against the Philippines' Pauline Louise Lopez during their women's -57 kilogram Taekwondo semifinals match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.(AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

JAKARTA — Pauline Louise Lopez settled for the women’s – 57 kgs bronze medal of taekwondo on Tuesday after yielding a controversial match to a taller Chinese Zongshi Luo, 4-11, in the 18th Asian Games at Jakarta Convention Center Assembly Hall D.

The 22-year-old Psychology student at Ateneo de Manila University could not hide her frustration and cried after the match.

She trailed 0-2 in the first round, sneaked in two points with the Chinese scoring two more for a 2-4 in the second.

The Chinese then pulled away in the third round with seven decisive hits.

Lopez rallied to 4-7 in the third round and landed two more kicks but they did not register on the electronic scoreboard. Her coaching staff vehemently protested and one of the match officials called the attention of two members of the jury, who eventually awarded a point for the Filipina.

But Lopez was later meted three gami-jeom (deduction penalty) in the third round, dousing water on her bid to enter the gold medal round.

“I had the chance but the plan didn’t work according to what it should be. I was going for it, I did my part but it’s just it was not there for me,” a disappointed Lopez said.

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