The Spanish Daniel Quesada defeated this Thursday by two rounds nil to Brazilian Edival Pontes and won the gold medal in the -74 kilos division of the Taekwondo World Cup from Mexico. Quesada, 27, has achieved the first gold medal for Spain in a World Cup since Joel González achieved it in the World Cups in Korea in 2011. Iván García has taken the silver medal in +87 kg after losing 2-0 in the final against the Mexican Carlos Sansores. These two medals add to the silver harvested by Jon Andoni Cintado on Tuesday in the -80kg categoryand the bronze of Cecilia Castro in -67kg.
The final between Quesada and Pontes had a very even start. In the first round both opponents neutralized each other with good defenses, but the Spaniard managed to take the round after hitting two kicks 17 seconds from the end that gave him the round (4-2). In the second and last, the Brazilian went all out aggressively and took the lead in the first minute thanks to a spinning kick (0-4). Quesada took advantage of an error by his rival, who left the defense open, to close the gap with a hard impact (3-4). Two punches in the final seconds put the Spaniard ahead (8-4) as Pontes attempted a head kick that narrowly missed, but he did not have the calm to try again.
The other final, which pitted the Spanish Iván García against the Mexican Carlos Sansores, was more even. Sansores, supported by the public, was more precise at the end of both rounds. In the first, the Mexican waited for García and with 20 seconds to go he punished him with a kick to the face that helped him get ahead, but the Spaniard had time to close the gap with a punch before finishing the round (5-3). The two came out strong for the second period but with little precision until eight seconds before the end, Sansores landed a three-point impact that earned him the round and the gold.
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