Taiwanese taekwondo athlete Chuang Chia-chia bagged Taiwan’s first medal at the 2013 World Taekwondo Championships in Mexico on Wednesday, taking silver in the women’s under-67kg event.
Chuang toppled Chilean Patricia Figueroa 18-2 in the first round before defeating London Olympics silver medalist Nur Tatar of Turkey 4-3.
She then beat Azerbaijan’s Farida Azizova, the gold medalist at this year’s European Championships 8-5, before losing to France’s Haby Niare in the final.
After a scoreless first round, France’s Naire earned four points in the second round before eventually claiming the contest 5-4.
Naire advanced to the final round by beating Slovenia’s Franka Anic, the gold medalist at this year’s US Open, 2-0 in a semifinal match.
In the men’s under-68kg final Iran’s Behnam Asbaghikhanghah brushed aside a stiff challenge from South Korea’s Hun Kim to win the gold medal.
The biennial championships, held by the World Taekwondo Federation, are taking place in Puebla, Mexico until Sunday.
Additional reporting by staff writer