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Bronze medal in men's taekwondo is Afghanistan's first-ever

Updated: August 20, 2008, 9:23 AM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Mexico's Guillermo Perez has won the men's under 58-kilogram taekwondo gold, while Afghanistan is celebrating its first Olympic medal ever in the same event.

Perez won a decision over Dominica's Yulis Gabriel Mercedes by scoring early. Mercedes was unable to come back until just seconds before the bell, when he connected with a back kick.

The two went into overtime, but neither scored. The judges declared Perez the winner.

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