OLYMPIC GAMES

Óscar Salazar the first Mexican to win Olympic medal as coach and athlete

Salazar became the team coach for the Egyptian national taekwondo team who won the bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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Óscar Salazar the first Mexican to win Olympic medal as coach and athlete

Óscar Salazar made history at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on Monday, because he won two bronze medals as coach of the Egyptian national taekwondo team. Hedaya Wahba defeated the American Paige McPherson (17-6) in the women’s -67kg to win third place.

Back-to-back medalist

Wahba won the bronze medal for the second consecutive time after getting third place at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She is also the first Arab and African taekwondo player to win two Olympic medals.

Salazar also coached Seif Eissa at the Tokyo Olympics and the taekwondo practitioner defeated Norway’s Andre Richard (12-4) in the men’s -80kg in the third place fight to win the second bronze medal for Egypt of the day.

Salazar was named as coach of the Egyptian national taekwondo in 2019 because of his experience as an Olympian. He participated in the 2004 Olympic Games and won the silver medal in the campaign for Mexico.