Taekwondo: Poway student wins bronze medal at Junior Olympics
Nicholas Carlo, a student at The Tae Kwon Do Institute in Poway, captured the bronze medal in the full-contact sparring 8/9-year-old red belt heavy weight division at the Taekwondo Junior Olympics recently held in Dallas.
Carlo, representing California, went through a field of 25 competitors to earn the third-place finish. He dominated his first three matches and was a win away from the gold medal match before falling in a thriller in the semifinals.
Carlo trailed 2-1 when he placed a spinning back kick to the opponents chin rather than the chest. If he had hit the chest, he would have been awarded two points, but instead the kick cost him a point (kicking to the head is not allowed), putting him behind 3-1. Carlo desperately chased his opponent around in the final 20 seconds, trying to land a kick. Carlo finally did with a few seconds to go, but his opponent landed a kick at the same time to hold on and secure a spot in the gold medal match.
Carlo trains under Master Hyon Lee in Poway and will be testing for his black belt this month. Master Lee was a former member of the U.S. Team and competed at the National and International World Championship Level. He currently trains some of the top U.S. taekwondo competitors at his studio in Poway.
Carlo qualified for the Junior Olympics in the spring by placing first in the Southern California Taekwondo State Championships held in Brea.
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