Taekwondo fighter Ahmad Abughaush wins Jordan’s first ever Olympic gold
Taekwondo fighter Ahmad Abughaush has won gold and Jordan’s first-ever Olympic medal, according to AP.
The 20-year-old wrapped up a surprising day of upsets at the Rio Games by defeating Russia’s Alexey Denisenko in a Thursday night 68-kilogram division final, during which Abughaush landed several jumping head shots that elicited gasps from the audience. Abughaush beat Denisenko 10-6.
Earlier in the day, the 10th-ranked Abughaush knocked out second-seeded Dae-Hoon Lee of South Korea before eliminating Olympic champion Joel Bonilla Gonzalez of Spain, who won the 58-kilogram division at the London Games.
Lee applauded Abughaush’s performance after being beaten by him, raising Abughaush’s arm in victory when he was announced the winner.
The men’s bronze medals were won by Spain’s Joel Bonilla Gonzalez and South Korea’s Lee Dae-hoon.