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American Paige McPherson takes taekwondo bronze medal

The first-time Olympian works her way through the repechage round after losing in the quarterfinals to Turkey's Nut Tatar.

August 10, 2012|By Lisa Dillman
  • The United States' Paige McPherson, in red, in action against Franka Anic of Slovenia during their bronze medal match.
The United States' Paige McPherson, in red, in action against Franka… (Ng Han Guan / Associated…)

LONDON -- Paige McPherson started the long and winding day with a victory over world champion and local favorite Sarah Stevenson of Britain and left ExCeL Centre with a medal.

There was plenty of action and drama in between, but the bottom line was that the first-time Olympian secured a bronze medal, defeating Franka Anic of Slovenia, 8-3, on Friday night in the 67-kilogram division.

McPherson, who is based in Miami, fought back from an early 3-1 deficit in the opening round and led 4-3 after two. She expanded the lead with another quick point to go ahead, 5-3. McPherson put the contest out of reach with a three-point head shot, going up 8-3 in the third.

McPherson came through the repechage round once Turkey’s Nut Tatar made the gold-medal round. She lost to Tatar, 6-1, earlier in the quarterfinals.

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