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Marton wins gold, makes history

22 July 2013

TAEKWONDO: Two-time Olympian Carmen Marton has made history, become the first Australian to win a World Championships in Taekwondo.

Marton took the title at the 2013 World Championships in Puebla, Mexico beating Hwi-Lang Kim of Korea 7-3 in the final of the women’s -62kg division.

Marton was the first female fighter to access the -62 kg final after beating the German Rabia Guelec by 7-2 in a match which was always under her control. However, Marton could not reflect her superiority on the first period scoreboard, which finished 0-0 thanks to Guelec’s dodging abilities.
 
The second round turned out being decisive, as Guelec started to feel the demanding competition on her legs. Marton took advantage of it to score 7 points, allowing the German to only connect one chest kick (7-1). Marton changed her strategy for the 3rd round and left almost no cracks for Guelec to get back into the fight. In the end, 7-2 and first and only gold medal chance for Australia.

The Aussie’s rival in the big final was Korean Kim, who defeated Nina Klaey of Switzerland 8-4 after coming back from a slow start.

Marton who competed at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games, came agonisingly close to a medal in London, losing out to Germany’s Helena Fromm in the bronze medal final. She did win bronze at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in 2003, an event designed to prepare talented young athletes for a future in sport.

For Marton, this has been a long road to this Australian first and one she has been dreaming about since the beginning of her career when she was a teenager. For all the highs and lows that have come in her sporting life this is one that can not be taken away from her.

“This has been a dream come true for me," she said from Mexico.

"I have literally been visualising something like this since I started competing in taekwondo as a teenager and to have this day come true is beyond belief. After my loss in London at the Olympics, I vowed I would never let an opportunity pass me by again. I came out today strong and ready and more focused than I have ever been. All my hard work in the last year has really paid off.

"I am honestly still in shock and can’t believe I am Australia’s first World Champion in taekwondo. Dreams really do come true if you work hard enough!”

The World Championship medal is Marton’s second, having won bronze in Madrid, Spain in 2005.

Marton's brother, sister and fiance were all competing at the World Championships. Her brother Jack progressed to the third round in the men's 74kg, her sister Caroline progressed to the second round in the women's 54kg and her fiance Safwan Khalil failed to get past his first opponent, losing to Chinese Taipei in a fourth golden point round in the men's 58kg.

olympics.com.au, AAP and STA

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