Li wins first taekwondo medal for China in her Paralympic debut

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Chinese Li Yujie won bronze for China in the women's K44-58kg taekwondo at the Tokyo Paralympics on Friday by beating Nepal's Goverdhan Palesha 12-9.

As taekwondo made its Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020, Li has become the first athlete to have brought medal for China in this sport.

The 20-year-old, who lost the lower part of her right arm in a firework accident, took up taekwondo in 2017.

"Since practicing taekwondo, I have become stronger and more confident," she said. "After you have overcome difficulties in training, other difficulties in life mean nothing."

Li became the first Chinese athlete to win a world title in Para taekwondo when she claimed gold in the K44-58kg category at the 2019 World Championships in Turkey.

"My world title in 2019 has become the past, so does today's bronze medal. My goal is to focus on what I can do now," Li added. 

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