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Taekwondo fighter wins Domincan republic’s only Olympic medal

Rio de Janeiro.-  Olympic taekwondo fighter Luisito Pie on Wednesday was Dominican Republic’s last and only hope for any metal in the Games, which likely spurred him to compete stronger than ever and fight for the bronze as if it were gold.

He could only smile from the podium as he showed his medal as his team chanted his name and wave Dominican flags from the stands.

“I dedicate this medal to them because they made me see that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. They made me see that it was not over yet, we still kept the dream alive,” Pie said. “And now we realize this Olympic dream.”

Pie, 22, on Wednesday won the bronze medal in the 58 kilos category beating Spain’s Jesús Tortosa. Since the start of the fight Pie tried a variety of attacks, including changes of pace and mid torso kicks to overwhelm his rival.

The native of Bayaguana province, in Dominican Republic’s interior is no stranger to victory; he had won the silver medal at last year’s Pan American Games in Toronto. He also took the bronze in the Central American Games of Veracruz, Mexico in 2014.

Pie’s bronze is  the country’s seventh metal in Olympic history, with Feliz  Sanchez’s two golds in the 400 meter hurdles standing out.

Source: DT

Aug 18, 2016

Category: DR News |

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