Santo Domingo earns Bronze in World Taekwondo Championships

Dominican Yuli Gabriel Mercedes, tae kwon do silver medal winner at the Beijing Olympics, came third in the 58kg weight division at the 2011 WTF World Taekwondo Championships taking place 1-6 May in Gyeongju, South Korea.

Spain’s Joel Gonzalez, the gold medalist at the 2009 Copenhagen World Taekwondo Championships, won the gold.

{FILE IMAGE} A total of 149 countries, 1,040 athletes and 715 officials submitted their entry forms to the WTF.

Mercedes and Taiwanese Wei Chen Yang, the gold medalist at the 2010 Asian Games and the silver medal winner at the 2010 Asian Championships, shared the bronze medal in the men’s category.

Mercedes advanced to the final as he came from behind to beat his semifinal match opponent, Taiwan’s Wei, 3-1.

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