TAIPEI — When Taiwan’s budding taekwondo star Lin Wan-ting made her international debut at the East Asian Games in October 2013, her sights were already set on winning a gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.
On Wednesday, she fell just short of that ambition, claiming a silver medal in the women’s under-46 kilogram weight class after losing 10-4 in the finals to world No. 1 Kim So-hui of South Korea.
The 18-year-old Lin, who had shocked Kim in the round of 16 at the Asian Championships in late May by an 8-7 score, kept pace with her Korean rival through two scoreless rounds and through much of the final round, when the two traded penalty points and kicks.
But an aggressive attacking move by Kim with about 30 seconds left that put Lin on the defensive and resulted in a three-point kick to Lin’s head that put the Korean up 6-3.
Kim then clinched the win in the final seconds with a four-point reverse kick to Lin’s face that was granted after a challenge by Kim’s coach.
Lin, who finished third at the Asian Championships, did well simply to get to the finals at the Asian Games.
She defeated Asian champion Panipak Wongpattanakit of Thailand in the semifinals, 5-4, after building a 5-1 lead and then holding off the hard-charging Thai in the final 30 seconds by conceding three penalty points to keep her distance from her opponent.