Team Philippines suffered its first 2020 Olympic casualty as ex-UAAP MVP Kurt Barbosa bowed to reigning world champion Jang Jun, 6-26, in the taekwondo men’s flyweight division Saturday at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba City.
The Southeast Asian Games gold medalist still has a chance though for the bronze medal if he wins all his repechage matches and if Jang reaches the finals.
Jang, the top seed of the tournament, started with a regular hogu kick and was practically unstoppable from then on.
The left-footed Barbosa, six inches shorter than Jang, had a hard time connecting to his wiry opponent but his head kick at the end of round one was not counted.
Jang then connected on a two-hit combo on Barbosa at the end of round two, where Barbosa managed to connect on only two regular hogu kicks.
Up 24-6 entering the third round, Jang caught Barbosa on a regular hogu kick, stopping the match 13 seconds into the round due to points gap.
Jang will next fact Adrian Vicente later today reigning European champion Adrian Vicente in the quarterfinals.
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