Shandong athlete wins men's 80kg taekwondo gold medal in Chengdu

(| Updated : 2023-08-02

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Chinese taekwondo ace Zhang Kai defeated Uzbekistan's player 2-0 to win the gold medal in the men's 80kg final at the Chengdu FISU World University Games on Aug 1.


Zhang Kai (right) in men's 80kg final at the Chengdu FISU World University Games on Aug 1. [Photo/Iqilu News]

Zhang, born in 1998 in the coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong province, is currently a student majoring in physical education at Southwest University.

He started learning taekwondo at the age of 12 and describes himself as a "point fighter" who excels in identifying opponents' weaknesses. "Finding the opponent's vulnerabilities during the match is crucial. This sport is not about brute force - the mind is the most important," said Zhang. 

From the very beginning of the 1/8 preliminary round, Zhang showcased his formidable skills. After several 2-0 victories, he effortlessly made his way to the finals stage at the Chengdu FISU World University Games.

Standing on the stage of the finals, Zhang encountered a tough challenge. Especially in the second round of the match, he engaged in an intense struggle with his opponent, which elicited screams from the audience. In the crucial moment, Zhang withstood the pressure and landed a powerful kick to his opponent's head, scoring successfully and ultimately securing the victory.