It may not be the color she’d like, but Adriana Cerezo Iglesias has given Spain its first medal at the Tokyo Games.
The 17-year-old Spanish taekwondo athlete lost her women’s flyweight (49kg) gold medal match to Thailand’s Panipak Wongphatthanakit, settling for the silver medal.
It’s the first medal for Spain in the 2020 Tokyo Games.
In a close contest, the little-known teenage taekwondo fighter lost by a score of 10-11 to Wongphatthanakit.
She’s previously upset China’s two-time Olympic champion Wu Jingyu.
Cerezo Iglesias’s win over the 34-year-old Wu in the women’s -49kg event was a massive shock.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Cerezo Iglesias, who was leading 33-2 at the end of two rounds and won by ‘point gap’. “She’s one of my idols so I was really excited to fight her, and I’m so happy I could win like that.