LONDON — Lee Dae-hoon won silver in the men’s under-58-kilogram taekwondo competition Wednesday at the London Olympics.
Lee lost to Joel Gonzalez Bonilla of Spain 17-8 in the men’s lightest weight division. This was the first day of taekwondo at this year’s Olympics.
Lee, 20, came up just shy of completing taekwondo’s equivalent of a grand slam. He holds a title from each of the following events: the World Championships, the Asian Games and the Asian Championships. All three titles have come within the past two years.
Lee had a bumpy road to the final Wednesday. He needed decisive, sudden death points to get past both Pen-Ek Karaket of Thailand in the round of 16 and then Tamer Bayoumi of Egypt in the quarters. In the semis, Lee squeezed past Alexey Denisenko of Russia 7-6.
Olympic taekwondo bouts are held over three periods, each two minutes long. If the score is tied after those six minutes, the fighters enter the sudden-death fourth period, where the first to score wins.