UPDATE: TOKYO PARALYMPICS: Day 11 action, results

Published 8:30pm 4 September 2021

UPDATE: TOKYO PARALYMPICS: Day 11 action, results
Words by Jodie Powell

Final result:

Janine Watson has claimed bronze in her taekwondo match against the Ukraine's Yulia Lypetska in Tokyo.

Watson dominated the bout, scoring 26 points from 12 body kicks in the first round and gaining a further two points when two gam-jeoms were declared against Lypetska,

In round two, Watson earnt 21 points - 20 by landing 10 body kicks and another from a Lypetska gam-jeom.

Watson sealed the match in the final round with eight body kicks for a final score of 63 to Lypetska's zero.

Earlier:

Janine Watson, of Warner, has smashed her Taekwondo semi-final in Tokyo, beating Japan's Shoko Ota by 20 points.

Watson scored 10 points in the first of three bouts landing five body kicks, followed by another five in the second and six in the third.

In contrast, Ota managed three in the first and three in the second.

Watson's win takes her to the Bronze Medal contest against the Ukraine's Yulia Lypetska.

Earlier:

Warner’s Janine Watson progresses to the semi-final in the Women's K44+58kg in Tokyo after a blistering win against Turkey's Seyma Nur Emeksiz Bacaksiz.

Watson notched seven body kicks to Bacaksiz's zero in the first round to score 14 points, followed by 11 in the second, with her opponent managing just one, claiming victory 36 points to two when the referee stopped the bout.

She's back in action at 8.30pm tonight.

Earlier: 

Warner’s Janine Watson has begun her Paralympics taekwondo campaign with a close fought match against Morocco’s Rajae Akermach.

With a six point score, Watson progresses to the Repechage Quarterfinal, where she has a chance at a medal, at 6pm today.

She is the first Australian to compete in Para Taekwondo, which is making its debut in Tokyo.

Ahead of the Paralympics, she said she was looking forward to the opportunity to compete, but as the underdog was under no pressure to bring home a medal.

“I’m humbled and honoured to have the chance,” the three-time world champion said.

Two penalties a boost for Watson

Akermach, 24, recorded the first points of the match ending Round 1 with a score of four after landing two body kicks on Watson, 40.

Watson fought back in round two, scoring two points for a kick to the body and picking up another when a gam-jeon was declared against Akermach, who notched another four points for two body kicks.

A gam-jeom is declared when an athlete punches to the face, or punches or kicks below the waist.

Watson, who has multiple sclerosis, scored two points in Round 3 after landing another kick to the body on Akermach and a third point when her opponent had another gam-jeon declared against her.

At the close of the bout, Akermach progressed to the Quarterfinal with a total of eight points to Watson’s six.

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