KARINE SERGERIE WINS GOLD AT TAEKWONDO WORLDS


KARINE SERGERIE, WORLD CHAMPION

On May 22, 2007, Karine Sergerie became the first Canadian to ever win a gold medal at the World Taekwondo Championships, held this year in Beijing, China.

Karine came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat Park Hye-Mi of South Korea 4-3 in extra time for the women's 63kg title.

Although in the final match she was trailing 3-0 following the first two rounds, Karine scored three straight points and then finally scored the winning point 57 seconds into the sudden-death round to win the championship.

"(When I was trailing,) I kept thinking about everything I had put into this tournament. There was no panic. My coach told me to be patient, and wait for the opportunity to come. I followed his orders and I won the game," said Sergerie, who had won a silver and a bronze medals in previous championships.

Her victory was all the sweeter considering it was over a top member of the powerhouse team from South Korea which had won a gold medal the previous day as well as had won seven titles in 2005 in Madrid, Spain, winning three gold medals in the first two days alone.

Karine was featured in an article in the Montreal Gazette of May 25th and was also named "Personality of the Week" by the newspaper La Presse on May 27th. The text of both articles is available from links after the photo section below.


PHOTOS

   
PICTURES TAKEN AT THE GOLD MEDAL FINAL MATCH


KARINE JUMPS FOR JOY AFTER HER SUDDEN-DEATH GOLD MEDAL VICTORY


KARINE (2nd from left) AT THE MEDAL PRESENTATION CEREMONY

 
HOISTED ON THE SHOULDERS OF HER SUPPORTERS, KARINE SAVOURS HER VICTORY


Read the article from the Montreal Gazette of May 25th.
Read the article from the La Presse of May 27th.

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