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Kazakh Saduakas wins judo gold while Asians dominate taekwondo

Date : 10 Oct 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 10, 2018: Kazakhstan’s Berkarys Saduakas clinched gold in judo while a Thai and a South Korean dominated the taekwondo finals at the Youth Olympic Games on the third night of competition.

Saduakas won gold in the men’s 100kg category after having to ward off stiff competition in his march to victory. After defeating Islamic Republic of Iran’s Abolfazi Bakhtiyari by ippon in his opening bout, the Kazakh judoka had to be at his very best to beat Hungary’s Zsombor Veg by shidos in the semi-final.

Saduakas was then given another stern test by Georgia’s Ilia Sulamanidze in the gold medal bout, before winning by shidos once again. The bronze medals went to Hungarian Veg and Omer Aydin of Turkey.

In taekwondo, Kanthida Saengsin of Thailand won gold in the women’s 55kg category. The 16-year-old defeated Morocco’s Safia Salih 10-6 in a three-round contest to add her YOG gold medal to the World Junior Championship crown she won earlier this year.

“Hopefully I can go on and win the World senior title and an Olympic gold, perhaps in Tokyo 2020,” Saengsin said.

There was disappointment for her compatriot Nareupong Thepsen, who is also a reigning World Junior champion, in the final of the men’s 63kg class. Thepsen went down to South Korean Cho Won-hee, 21-16, in the three-round bout.

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