Angélica Espinoza achieved the dream day and won the gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games by winning the final of Para taekwondo in the K44-49kg category after a vibrant fight against the Turkish Mertem Cavdar.
Espinoza brought out the best of his repertoire in the decisive fight and from the beginning he showed his best maneuvers to overcome his difficult opponent. And he took the triumph by 34 to 21 in the final score.
🥇🇵🇪 GOLD FOR PERU! Angélica Espinoza wins the first medal for Peru in the Paralympic Games # Tokio2020. Our compatriot became champion after winning the final of Para Taekwondo, category K44-49kg. Yes it could! 🥇🇵🇪 pic.twitter.com/xRP16bi5SK
– Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (@MimpPeru) September 2, 2021
Espinoza had an outstanding performance and in the semifinals he beat Ziyodakhon Isakova of Uzbekistan 17-7.
The 23-year-old athlete, who was born with a congenital physical disability, arrived in Tokyo 2020 after winning the gold medal at the 2021 Parapan American Taekwondo, held in Mexico in June.
In this way, Peru returned to the top of the Paralympic Games after 17 years since Jimmy Eulert in Athens 2004.