Spaniards protest Lopez's semifinal win

Updated: April 15, 2005, 4:56 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID, Spain -- Two-time Olympic champion Steven Lopez of the United States won his third world taekwondo title Friday, capturing the welterweight gold medal with a 3-2 victory over Ali Tajik of Iran.

Their match was delayed by an unsuccessful Spanish protest over Lopez receiving the decisive point in the fourth round of his 3-2 semifinal victory over Rosendo Alonso.

In the finweight division, South Korea's Kim Jin-Hee won the title, defeating Iran's Feizollah Nafjam 4-1. The South Koreans also won the women's welterweight gold, with Hwang Kyung-seon beating Gwladys Epangue of France 7-2.

Host Spain won its first gold medal of the championships when Belen Asensio beat South Korea's Yu Eun-Young 4-1 to take the women's finweight title.

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