Team Canada has won its fifth medal at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday. In boys taekwondo, Ethan McClymont of Winnipeg, Manitoba won the bronze medal in the boys 73+ kilogram taekwondo division.
McClymont earned a medal by defeating Milos Pilipovic of Norway 12-11 in a very tight quarterfinal contest. McClymont then lost to eventual silver medalist Meng-en Lee of Chinese Taipei 15-7 in the semifinals. Lee then lost 2-1 to Mohammadali Khosravi of Iran in the gold medal game. Nisar Ahmad Abdul Rahimzai of Afghanistan joined McClymont as the other bronze medalist in the event.
It was Iran’s third gold medal at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games with all of the gold medals coming in taekwondo. Ali Eshkevarian won gold in the boys’ 73 kilogram taekwondo division and Yalda Valinejad won the gold medal in the women’s 63 kilogram division.
Team Canada now has five medals overall at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games–two silver medals and three bronze medals. They are 18th overall. Russia leads the Youth Olympic Games with 27 medals (18 gold medals, six silver medals and three bronze medals).
Taekwondo has been at the Olympic Games since the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Canada has won two Olympic medals in the sport. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Dominique Bosshart of Landmark, Manitoba won the bronze medal in the women’s 67+ kilogram heavyweight division and at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Karine Sergerie won silver in the women’s 67 kilogram division,