ISTANBUL - Turkish Daily News
Turkey relished their two consolation medals in taekwondo yesterday, as Azize Tanrıkulu won silver, while Servet Tazegül came away with a bronze medal.
Tanrikulu lost to South Korea's up-and-coming Lim Su-Jeong in the featherweight final, though secured Olympic women's taekwondo -57kg silver medal.
Lim was deducted one point for a penalty in the opening round but leveled the score with a kick to the body in the second. She landed a back kick to the 22-year-old Turk in the third to win her first major international title.
Azize, whose brother Bahri will step on to the mat today, finished second at the World Championships two years ago. The bronze medals went to 2005 world champion Diana Lopez of the United States and Croatia's Martina Zubcic. Servet Tazegül, 20, won the bronze medal in the 68-kilogram division, defeating Peter Lopez of Peru.
Taiwan's Sung Yu-chi, who outscored Germany's Daniel Manz, also won the bronze medal, while South Korea's Son Tae-jin scored a kick in the final second to defeat Mark Lopez of the United States for the gold medal.
Born to a Turkish family living in Germany, Tazegül has been a part of the Turkish national taekwondo team since 2004 and won the world junior title level that year.
The state minister in charge of Sports, Murat Başesgioğlu, released a statement congratulating the two medalists. �I congratulate you for winning those medals while we are coming to the end of the Games, and wish you more success,� said the statement.