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Pauline Lopez cops her 1st taekwondo gold in SEA Games

Pauline Lopez cops her 1st taekwondo gold in SEA Games

MANILA, Philippines—Pauline Lopez found her golden stride as she defeated Cambodia’s Aliza Chhoeung, 12-4, in the women’s under-57 kilogram taekwondo final in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Sunday at Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Asian Games bronze medalist found the mark early, taking a 4-0 lead in the first round but turned things up a notch in the second.

Lopez landed a head kick in the second for a 7-2 lead then closed out the affair with a beautiful roundhouse to get her first gold medal in the SEA Games.

The former Ateneo star already owns gold medals in the Asian Championships, Korea Open, and Pan Am Open.