BRONZE FOR QATTAN AT ASIAN GAMES
Aug 21, 2018
Team Jordan have earned their second medal at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia after Hamzeh Qattan clinched bronze in the Taekwondo heavyweight class on Monday.
The 21-year-old is improving with every tournament, and earned his medal by reaching the semi-final where he narrowly lost, 5-4, to 2015 World Champion, Dmitriy Shokin of Uzebekistan.
Earlier, Qattan had launched his campaign with a comfortable 17-7 win over Yen Ming Tan of Malaysia, before easing into the semi-finals with a 24-12 victory over Tsungyeh Yang of Chinese Taipei.
But in the last four he came up against an in-form World No 6, Shokin, who used his superior experience to book his final spot, leaving Qattan with bronze. “I am pleased with this medal.
I wanted more but I came here to be on the podium and that is what I have achieved for my country,” said Qattan, who is ranked 23 in the world.
It is Jordan’s second medal of the Asian Games, following on from Taekwondo teammate Juliana Al Sadeq’s brilliant gold medal yesterday.
Also on Monday, Reem Abu Al Rub narrowly missed out on a quarter-final spot after losing by superiority to Yiching Lin of Chinese Taipei in the last 16.