Saturday, August 11, 2012

So close for Davin

Sorn Davin at last year's Asean Taekwondo championships
The television commentators thought that she deserved it. The competition judges thought otherwise. It was a tough call on Sorn Davin, Cambodia's flag-bearer at the Olympics opening ceremony, who just missed out on what could've been the biggest upset of the whole London Games. It was that close. Her opponent from Mexico, Maria Espinoza, was the reigning gold medalist from the last Olympics but looked uncomfortable against the taller and leggy Davin. The 3-2 victory for the Mexican in their  preliminary round of the women's +67kg Taekwondo was solely down to her aggressive body punches but the head kick that Davin's coach had claimed, took an age for the judges to decide on video replay, before they denied the 20-year old Cambodian a three-point slice of glory. As we waited for the judges, the television commentators both agreed that Davin should get the award, but for whatever reason known only to themselves, the judges disagreed. And Davin's moment of glory went up in smoke. The margin between victory and defeat will never be closer. Davin has already made her mark in her chosen sport, winning both silver and bronze medals at the SEA Games and taking gold at last year's Asean Taekwondo championships held at the Olympic Stadium.

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