Jung Ji Hyun of South Korea clinched the gold medal in the men's 60kg Greco-Roman wrestling at Athens Olympics on Thursday, defeating Cuban Roberto Monzon 3-0.
The bronze went to Armen Nazarian of Bulgaria, who beat Russian Alexey Shevtsov 4-3.
|South Korea's Jung Ji Hyun (C) won the gold medal for the men's Greco-Roman 60kg at Athens Olympic Games in Greece, Aug. 26, 2004. |
Jung waved a South Korean national flag after hugging his coaches in exaltation. Jung, coached under Jun-Hae Sub, began wrestling in 1998.
"It's incredible," Jung said. "I'm not stopping here, that's for sure. I want to repeat my success in four years time."
"Every match was difficult, but the final was the toughest because my opponent was very strong," Jung added. "At the end, I found my spirit and won."
Earlier the day, Jung, the 2004 Asian champion, beat two time Olympic champion Armen Nazarian of Bulgaria 3-1 in the semifinal shortly after overcoming Eusebiu Iancu Diaconu of Romania in the day's opening match-up.
Monzon, a silver medallist at the 2003 World Championships in Creteil, France, and title holder at the Pan American Championships in the 66kg division, is on the National Team of Cuba.
The Cuban physical education teacher, who started wrestling in 1988 at the introduction of his brother, debuted in 1998 at the FILA Test Tournament in Faenza, Italy.
Earlier Thursday, Monzon, with ambitions of being a world champion and Olympic medallist, was a 3-1 winner in his semifinal against Alexey Shevtsov of Russia.
"The result was not what I expected," Monzon said, but added he was still satisfied with the silver medal.
Nazarian, the bronze medallist who had expected to win a gold at his third Olympics, said: "I already have two gold medals. I will continue to fight."