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London Olympics: Steven Lopez loses first match in taekwondo

August 10, 2012|By Diane Pucin
  • Steven Lopez, left, fights Azerbaijan's Ramin Azizov.
Steven Lopez, left, fights Azerbaijan's Ramin Azizov. (Ng Han Guan / Associated…)

LONDON -- The Olympics is turning into a non-event for the Lopez family, at least in taekwondo.

Two-time Olympic champion Steven Lopez lost his opening match Friday, beaten by Ramin Azizov of Azerbaijan in the men's under-80-kilogram event.

Azizov is seeded No. 1. Lopez must now hope that Azizov keeps advancing so that Lopez can try to get back into bronze-medal contention through the repechage. Lopez said he has been bothered by an ankle injury.

On Thursday, Lopez's sister, Diana, was also a first-round loser after feeling a pop in her knee during a repechage fight.

Steven and Diana, from Houston, are coached by their brother Mark, who is a former Olympian.


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