An Olympic taekwondo final was decided in the final 11 seconds when the champ took the lead with an almighty headshot
Lauren Williams and Matea Jelic. Photo by Maja Hitij / Getty Images
In the last seconds of a Taekwondo match, an Olympic gold medal was decided on Monday.
Matea Jelic, 23, stole victory from the clutches of defeat as she rallied late and won the title.
Her opponent, who gave up a five-point lead, regretted the last minute of the third round.
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An Olympic Taekwondo final was decided in the final 11 seconds when the champion took the lead with an almighty headshot.
Matea Jelic, a 23-year-old Croatian, apparently stole victory from the clutches of defeat as she bounced back late to break the dominant lead of major British rival Lauren Williams at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Using a counterattack strategy, Jelic beat the opening round 5-4 and drew the second round 10-10.
In the third, however, Williams won a strong 18-13 lead thanks to her aggression.
With only 45 seconds left on the clock, Williams seemed to have done enough to win the gold medal.
But she had to regret the last 45 seconds after saying after the game that it was "not enough" according to a statement on the official Olympic website.
"I could have had them," added Williams. "I'm happy with my performance all day - a silver medal isn't bad, is it?"
These last 45 seconds were decisive, as Jelic was not only able to compensate for the five-point deficit with 21:21, but also overtook her opponent, landing flush shots and thanks to kicks in the head and the body.
"I just turned my head off," said Jelic about the secret of her success. “You just have to turn everything off and do what you have to do - trust your instincts and everything you did in training.
"I can't explain it - it's bigger than me."
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