The competition at -67kg is very tough, says bronze medalist Hedaya Malak

Ahram Online , Monday 26 Jul 2021

Malak added another medal to her account after winning the bronze in the -67kg on Monday

Hedaya Malak
Egypt s Hedaya Wahba poses on the podium after the taekwondo women s -67kg gold medal bouts during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Makuhari Messe Hall in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (Photo by Javier SORIANO / AFP)

Taekwondo player Hedaya Malak has admitted that the competition in the -67kg category was very tough in comparison with the -57kg, adding that she is delighted after winning two Olympics medals in two different categories.

The 28-year-old won the bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro in the -57kg women category.

She faced a new challenge this term, having moved up to -67kg after seven years of playing in the -57kg category.

Malak added another medal to her account after winning the bronze in the -67kg on Monday after defeating Paige Mcpherson of the US 17-6 in the bronze medal game.

"The competition in the -67kg category was very tough," Malak told BeIn Sports on Monday.

"I am very happy to win another medal in a different category."  

The Egyptian star explained her loss in the competition's quarters by her fatigue against a tough opponent.

Malak lost 12-13 to Lauren Williams of Great Britain in the Women's quarter finals, with the latter winning the silver medal.

"During the quarters I was exhausted and the British player was more prepared.

"I tried to do my best but it was very difficult against a tough opponent," she concluded.

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