LONDON (AP) Carlo Molfetta of Italy won the Olympic taekwondo gold medal in the men's heavyweight division Saturday.
Molfetta was awarded the victory by decision after he and Anthony Obame of Gabon fought a tense final that was still tied after an overtime round. Obame's silver is Gabon's first Olympic medal.
The 28-year-old Molfetta is a police officer in Rome and has twice won silver at the world championships. He fought strategically on Saturday, jumping to land head kicks on his taller opponents and ducking out of the way before counter-attacking others.
If you're looking for one of the more action-packed sports on the Olympic program, the taekwondo mat is where to find it. Translated as "the way of foot and fist," the objective is straightforward: land as many punches and kicks to your opponent's torso and head as possible. Get a primer on the rules, explore the different methods of scoring and take a look at the equipment of the taekwondoka as they prepare to embark on a single-elimination tournament to Summer Games glory.
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