ATHENS 27 Aug - Sydney Olympic bronze medallist, Hadi Saei Bonehkohal completed what he started in Sydney, winning the Athens 2004 Olympic gold medal in the Men's Under 68kg category.
SAEI BONEHKOHAL defeated Chih Hsiung HUANG (TPE) by points, 4-3.
Both SAEI BONEHKOHAL and HUANG got a point each at the same moment early in the match using roundhouse kicks.
The second round saw both athletes picking up a kyongo but SAEI BONEHKOHAL managed to score two points, HUANG only one.
Both athletes made several other attempts to score in the round which were ultimately unsuccessful.
The third round was clearly SAEI BONEHKOHAL's as he scored three points to HUANG's one. However, SAEI BONEHKOHAL also picked up 3 more Kyongo, making the final result close.
The bronze medal was awarded to Myeong Seob SONG (KOR) after he defeated worthy adversary Diogo SILVA (BRA) 12-7.
Comments by Hadi Saei Bonehkohal
On the gold medal:
"I am very glad to have completed my goal. Four years ago in Sydney I did not achieve what I wanted, so I waited four years for the Athens Olympic Games. I always try too hard in practice. I have to tell you that without the help of the Iranian Federation and the help of my coach I would not have taken the gold medal".
On continuing Taekwondo at the top level at 28 years of age:
"I will fight as long as I can and hopefully will make Beijing."
... Payvand News - 8/28/04 ... --