On the final day of the competition, the U.S. won its first taekwondo medal in Rio.
Jackie Galloway took bronze with a 2-1 victory over France’s Gwladys Epangue, winning her first Olympic medal. Galloway bounced back from a tough loss to eventual silver medalist Maria del Rosario Espinoza of Mexico in the semifinal round to take bronze. Four years ago Galloway, who was 16 at the time, was an alternate on Mexico’s Olympic taekwondo team but did not get to travel to London.
Winning gold was Zheng Shuyin of China, who defeated Espinoza 5-1 in the gold medal match. Ranked second in the world, Zheng defeated reigning world champion Bianca Walkden of Great Britain to advance to the gold medal match. And in defeat Espinoza became the fourth taekwondo athlete to win three Olympic medals, as she took gold in Beijing (2008) and bronze in London (2012).
Winning bronze along with Galloway was Walkden, who defeated Wiam Dislam of Morocco 7-1 in her bronze medal match.