Vito Dell’Aquila wins gold in Olympic debut in men’s 58kg taekwondo; world champion JANG Jun picks up bronze

Italy's Vito Dell’Aquila had the tournament of his life to claim the men’s 58kg taekwondo title at the Makuhari Messe Hall A.

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Italy’s Vito Dell’Aquila beat 19-year-old Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi of Tunisia 16-12 to win the Olympic gold medal in the men’s 58kg taekwondo final at Tokyo 2020.

The 20-year-old European Champion, who was making his Games’ debut, launched his attack on Jendoubi from the start of the closely fought contest at the Makuhari Messe Hall A in Tokyo. They were tied at 10-10 with seconds left on the clock before Dell’Aquila won with a series of strikes.

At a press conference afterwards the winner said he was happy with his victory and was now looking forward to having some rest when he returns home to Italy.

Jendoubi had caused an upset earlier on Day 1 when he beat world champion and favourite for gold, JANG Jun of the Republic of Korea, in the semi-final bout 25-19.

There were two bronze medals up for grabs, which were won by JANG Jun and Mikhail Artamonov of the ROC.