Afghanistan Gets First Medal Ever at Beijing

EIJING (AP) - Mexico's Guillermo Perez has won the men's under 58kg 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.

Rohullah Nikpai defeated world champion Juan Antonio Ramos to win the bronze, Afghanistan's first-ever Olympic medal.

The other bronze went to Taiwan's Chu Mu-yen, the defending Athens gold medalist.

Taekwondo awards two bronze medals in each weight class.

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