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Taekwondo couple suffer similar fate

11 August 2012

TAEKWONDO: Australia’s female taekwondo athlete Carmen Marton had the chance to fight for bronze in the -67kg event after watching her fiancé Safwan Khalil finish fourth in the men’s event.

In the end, the couple finished up with matching fourths.

"I have a lot of pride and happy memories from these Games and I want to thank all my family and friends," Marton said.

"I'm so grateful for the opportunity, but I'm really disappointed."

In the bronze medal bout Marton’s German opponent Helena Fromm landed no clean shots in the opening round, but neither did Marton.

Marton went in swinging in the second round, and while the German opened the scoring, Marton struck back.

Marton then hammered home what appeared to be a shot to the head which would score her three points, but the German successfully disputed the ruling, leaving scores at 1-1.

In the third and final round Marton was out for redemption, but suffered a three point blow to the head. Marton protested to no avail, and was then dealt another strike to the head.

Unfortunately that wrapped things up with Marton going down 8-2.

"Losses like that are hard to take but they are part of the sport," she said.

"I wanted to be patient, but I guess I waited too much."

While not the medal result she was hoping for, it was better than Marton’s ninth place at the Beijing Olympics.

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