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Taekwondo produces Olympic firsts

Aug. 11, 2012 at 7:57 PM

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Milica Mandic upset the current world champion and won the first gold medal of the Olympics for Serbia Saturday in women's heavyweight taekwondo.

Mandic defeated Alle-Caroline Graffe of France 9-7 in the finals of the over 67 kilogram class after getting past defending Olympic champion Maria del Rosario Espinoza of Mexico in the quarterfinals.

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In the men's over 80 kilogram class, Gabon's Anthony Obame earned his country its first Olympic medal in history -- a silver.

Obame lost to Italy's Carlo Molfetta in the championship match. Molfetta became the second Italian to win a medal in the sport.

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