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Milica Mandic wins Olympic taekwondo gold

Saturday - 8/11/2012, 5:37pm  ET

LONDON (AP) - Milica Mandic has won Serbia's first Olympic gold of the London Games by taking the taekwondo title in the women's 67-kilogram plus division.

Mandic edged top-seeded Anne-Caroline Graffe of France 9-7 in the final.

Mandic knocked out two of the division favorites earlier Saturday, topping defending Olympic champion Maria Espinoza of Mexico and world No. 2 Anastasia Baryshnikova of Russia. Espinoza later won the bronze.

Mandic was frequently on the offensive in her fights, often striking her opponents first with a targeted kick to the body before quickly retreating so they couldn't counterattack.

The 20-year-old Mandic won a bronze at the world championships last year.

The other bronze went to Russia's Anastasia Baryshnikova.


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