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The dream to preserve his Olympic title from London2012 stopped by Ahmad Abughaush from Jordan at the semifinals. 

Gonzalez Bonilla Joel who won Grgic Filip from Croatia and then Temuujin Purevjav (MGL) seemed to be absent from the most crucial fight towards the medals. At the same time, his defeat meant that the Jordan Abughaush Ahmad will claim the first Olympic medal in the history of his country.

 

The Russian Alexey Denisenko is not going to be an easy opponent though. This final match is also giving the opportunity to Russia to win its first Gold medal in Taekwondo. Let us not forget that Denisenko has been on the podium before in London 2012, having won the bronze medal and claiming the gold one is also a personal closer.

 

The big surprise of the day was the disqualification of the Gold Olympic medalist in London 2012 Servet Tazegul (TUR) in the quarterfinals, but because he lost from Denisenko, he now has the opportunity to claim the bronze medal in the repechage. There, he will face Edgar Contreras (VEN) and in case he qualifies, he will compete against Joel Gonzalez Bonilla (ESP). The two men have met just once before, during a Grand Prix in 2014, with the Spanish athlete winning. The change of the weigh category for Gonzalez Bonilla, proved the difficulty to dominate in such a high level competitions, but at the same time he showed that he was up to the challenge.

 

Achab Jaouad from Belgium, even if he has been collecting gold medals for the last two years, with the major one being in the World Championships Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2015, he stood frozen at the semifinal against Denisenko. Now he has to wait for his opponent in repechage, among the Ahmed Ghofran (EGY) and the Lee Dae-Hoon Dae-Hoon from Korea.

 

The gold medal in women category -57kg will be claimed by Jade Jones (GBR) who will try to preserve the title of the Olympian and Eva Calvo from Spain. The two women have met several times before, sharing victories in final matches in both European and international tournaments.

 

The experienced Jade Jones took the qualification to the semifinals by Raheleh Asemani (BEL) and then confronted the Swedish Nikita Glasnovic, who had won previously Suvi Mikkonen from Finland. Eva Calvo made it to the finals after her victory against the Iranian Alizadeh Zenoorin Kimia and the Egyptian Wahba Hedaya respectively.

 

In the repechage, Raheleh Asemani will compete against Bakkal Naima (MAR) to claim a place to the bronze medal contest.

Nikita Glasnovic, also qualified bye to the repechage, where she will face the winner between the pair of Thailand and Iran.

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