Egyptian taekwondo player Hedaya Malak won the bronze medal in the women's under-67 kg category, Monday, after defeating American Paige Macpherson, ranked fifth in the world, 17-6, to give her country its first medal at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Her compatriot Saif Issa also won bronze in the same sport in the under 80 kg weight category, after defeating Norway's Richard Andre Ordemann 12-4. </p><div> <p>Egyptian taekwondo player Hedaya Malak won the bronze medal in the women's under-67 kg category, Monday, by defeating American Paige Macpherson, ranked fifth in the world, 17-6, to give her country its first medal in the women's taekwondo competition. <strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/رياضة/20210725-طوكيو-2021-المبارز-رومان-كانون-يهدي-فرنسا-أول-ميدالية-ذهبية-لها-في-الألعاب" rel="noopener">Tokyo Olympics</a></strong> summertime.
Malak added the medal to the bronze – 57 kg she won at the 2016 Rio Olympics. After falling in the quarter-finals against Britain’s third-ranked Lorne Williams, she took advantage of the latter’s arrival in the final to give herself the opportunity to play the bronze medal match.
Minutes after Hedaya’s victory, another Egyptian, Seif Issa, ranked fifth in the world, awarded his country’s second bronze medal in the under-80 kg weight category on Monday in the same sport, after defeating Norway’s Richard Andre Ordemann 12-4.
Issa, the 2021 African champion, lost in the semi-finals to the first world number one, Russian Maxim Khrushchev, who participated under a neutral world, after he overthrew the Italian Simone Alessio, the 2019 world champion, from the quarter-finals.