Vito Dell’Aquila won the gold medal in taekwondo 58 kilos at the Tokyo Olympics. In the final he beat the Tunisian Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi thanks to two kicks scored in the last seconds of the fight, with the score tied. His medal is the second for the Italian delegation at the Olympics, after Luigi Samele’s silver in fencing, and the first gold.
Dell’Aquila is twenty years old and comes from Mesagne, an Apulian town with a great tradition in taekwondo. In fact, Carlo Molfetta is also from Mesagne, 81 kilos gold in taekwondo at London 2012 (now Molfetta is the team manager of the Italian national team). Dell’Aquila arrived in Japan from second in the world ranking in his category.
Thanks to his medal, Italy ended the first day of competition in second place in the medal table after China, which has already won four (three gold).
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