Mexico wins its first gold medal in Beijing
Guillermo PÃ©rez is to take home the first gold medal for Mexico from the Olympics in Beijing this year, after winning a four-round taekwondo match against Gabriel Mercedes of the Dominican Republic.
â€œPerez won a decision over Dominican Republic’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.
â€œThe two went into overtime, but neither scored. The judges declared Perez the winner,â€ writes the Associated Press.
The win for PÃ©rez, who according to the Mexico City newspaper El Universal is inspired by martial arts film-star Bruce Lee, is prompting celebrations across Mexico, which until today has had a rather lackluster performance at the Olympics. PÃ©rez is the first Mexican man to win gold at an Olympics since 1984.
TV hosts on Televisaâ€™s morning show Wednesday showered themselves in confetti and waved the Mexican flag in jubilation over the win for PÃ©rez, who is from the state of Michoacan, as is Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
â€“ Deborah Bonello in Mexico City
Photo: Guillermo PÃ©rez celebrates victory in the 58-kilogram taekwondo event in Beijing. Credit: Marcelo Sayao / EFE