HAMMAMET, Tunisia (April 6, 2018) — Anastasija Zolotic left no doubt about her being a part of this year’s Youth Olympic Games. The Florida teenager marched through her bracket in the female -49kg division to capture the gold medal on Friday as the World Taekwondo Youth Olympic Games Qualification Tournament got underway in Hammamet.
Zolotic won six straight matches en route to the gold medal. Three of her victories were by point gap, including a 23-3 win in the final over China’s Zihan Cao. She began the day with a convincing victory over Cape Verde’s Vania Andrade Timas that saw Zolotic up 46-2 when the referee stopped the contest. Zolotic followed that up with consecutive point-gap victories over Ethiopia’s Sofia Belete (22-1) and Kazakhstan’s Tangsholpan Kaiyrzhankyzy (23-3) to reach the quarterfinals.
In her quarterfinal match, Zolotic again won convincingly with a 39-21 triumph over Korea’s Ye-Ji Lee. Her closest contest of the day was her semifinal match against Russia’s Elizaveta Ryadninskaya where she advanced to the gold medal match with a 29-25 victory.