Bronze for Panipak Wongpattanakit

Thailand’s Bronze for Panipak Wongpattanakit has secured bronze in the women’s 49 kg taekwondo.

Defeat to Kim So-hui in the quarter-finals forced Panipak into the repêchage where she downed Julissa Diez Canseco Verde of Peru 4-2 to set up a bronze-medal match against Itzel Adilene Manjarrez Bastidas of Mexico.

In a battle between two fighters with good pedigrees, the early stages of the fight saw the pair look to find their range with some even exchanges.

Panipak used her speed and power well to get two points in quick succession and she didn’t look back from there. The Thai fighter used her spinning kicks well to take a 6-0 lead after the first round.

A head kick in the second round took Panipak nine points clear as she looked to end the fight, and she did just that as she bounced back from a blow to the head late in the second round to find her target with a head kick to go 12 points clear in the third round to bring the fight to a halt.

South Korea’s Kim would go to win the gold after edging Tijana Bogdanović of Serbia 7-6 in the gold medal fight.

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