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SEA Games: Taekwondo jin Pauline Lopez returns to former weight class, bags gold

By Erma Edera

2018 Asian Games bronze medalist Pauline Lopez reclaimed her crown in taekwondo after clinching gold in the 30th Southeast Asian Games under -57 kg events at Ninoy Aquino Stadium on Sunday.

Filipina jin Pauline Lopez banners the Philippine flag after defeating Cambodia’s Aliza Chhoueng to bag the gold medal in women's taekwondo featherweight finals at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Dec. 8, 2019. (MB Photo / Rio Leonelle Deluvio / Canon 1DX Mark II with 400mm f2.8 lens)

Filipina jin Pauline Lopez carries the Philippine flag after defeating Cambodia’s Aliza Chhoueng to bag the gold medal in women’s taekwondo featherweight finals at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Dec. 8, 2019. (MB Photo / Rio Leonelle Deluvio / Canon 1DX Mark II with 400mm f2.8 lens)

Back to her normal weight category, the Filipina jin outclassed Cambodia’s Aliza Chhoueng, snagging her second gold medal in the biennial meet.

Lopez took the early lead 4-0 in the first round and a turning head kick ended the bout at the buzzer with the final score 12-4.

Thailand copped the bronze after her loss to Lopez 18-1 in the semifinals.

The former Ateneo star placed first in the same division in 2015 SEA games in Singapore but moved to 62 kg in 2017 and settled for bronze.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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