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Colorado-trained athlete earns US its first gold in women's taekwondo

Tokyo Olympics Taekwondo
Posted at 12:45 PM, Jul 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-25 15:46:22-04

TOKYO (AP) — Anastasija Zolotic won the United States’ first gold medal in women’s taekwondo by beating Russian athlete Tatiana Minina 25-17 to claim the featherweight division title.

The 18-year-old Zolotic lets out a primal scream as she pulls on her helmet before each round. The Largo, Florida, native has been telling friends and family since early childhood that she would be an Olympic champion, and she needed only one trip to the Games to make it happen.

Zolotic and Minina had a high-scoring first round and a tactical second but Zolotic picked apart her Russian opponent in the third with two-point body kicks after nursing a one-point lead into the final round.

Zolotic trains in Colorado Springs. Meet other Colorado athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics.