Anastasija Zolotic gained america’ first gold medal in girls’s taekwondo by beating Russian Olympic Committee crew athlete Tatiana Minina 25-17 on Sunday to assert the featherweight division title.
The 18-year-old Zolotic lets out a primal scream as she pulls on her helmet earlier than every spherical. The Florida native has been telling family and friends since early childhood that she could be an Olympic champion, and he or she wanted just one journey to the Video games to make it occur.
“My eight-year-old self was working across the faculty yard saying I used to be going to be Olympic champion however she might by no means have imagined what this second is like,” Zolotic stated. “It’s unbelievable. It actually hasn’t sunk in but.”
Zolotic and Minina had a high-scoring first spherical and a tactical second however Zolotic picked aside her Russian opponent within the third with two-point physique kicks after nursing a one-point lead into the ultimate spherical.
Zolotic was solely the fourth American to achieve an Olympic taekwondo closing and solely the second girl. Steven Lopez gained the US crew’s solely two earlier Olympic golds in taekwondo.
“Isn’t that tremendous? I’m simply glad I can do one thing to boost its profile within the US,” she stated. “I simply need the nation to be pleased with me, to share this flood of feelings.”
Elsewhere, Lee Kiefer gained the third fencing gold in US historical past by beating defending champion Inna Deriglazova of the Russian Olympic Committee crew 15-13 within the girls’s foil closing.
Kiefer ripped off her masks after the ultimate level and shouted “Oh my God!’’ She positioned fifth on the 2012 London Video games and was tenth on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. A four-time NCAA champion at Notre Dame, Kiefer is now a medical pupil on the College of Kentucky. Her husband, Gerek Meinhardt, gained bronze with the US crew in foil on the 2016 Olympics.
“It’s such an unimaginable feeling that I share with my coach, I share with my husband, with my household, simply everybody that’s been part of this,” she stated, her gold medal hanging from her neck. “I want I might chop it up in little items and distributed it to everybody I really like.’’
Larisa Korobeynikova of the Russian Olympic Committee crew beat Alice Volpi of Italy 15-14 within the bronze match.
Mariel Zagunis is the one different US fencer to earn gold, successful the saber occasions on the 2004 and 2008 Video games.
USA two different golds on Sunday got here within the males’s 400m particular person swimming medley, gained by Chase Kalisz, and within the males’s 10m air rifle the place 20-year-old Will Shaner claimed the title.
“Nonetheless attempting to consider it,” Shaner stated after claiming victory. “It’s been a very long time, although, rising up within the sport, progressing. To lastly have [a gold medal], it’s wonderful.”