Tokyo, 26 July 2021 - Taekwondoka Matea Jelić won the gold medal in the category -67kg at the Tokyo Olympics. She was more successful than Britain's Lauren Williams in the final duel, by winning the latter with 25-21.
In a tight final, the score was 13-13 in the beginning of the final minute, but then Williams took a 17-13 lead with two body kicks. With only 15 seconds left and 21-15 for Williams, Jelić managed a turnover and colossal success with three kicks to the head.
At Tokyo's Makuhari Messe Hall, Jelić previously secured Croatia’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics by convincing appearances that led her to the finals. With the status of the Olympic tournament’s first seed, the 23-year-old Knin native defeated Haitian Lauren Lee with 22-2 in the first round, Brazil's Milena Titoneli with 30-9 in the quarterfinals and American Paige McPherson with 15-4 in the semifinals.
So far, the bronzes have been won by Sandra Šarić and Martina Zubčić in Beijing in 2008 and Lucija Zaninović in London in 2012, and as of tonight the Croatian taekwondo has a men's Olympic medal - bronze one won by Toni Kanaet.
The Croatian Olympic Committee (NOC of Croatia) congratulates Matea Jelić and her expert staff on winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics!