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Mark Lopez wins taekwondo silver, sister Diana bronze

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - American Mark Lopez lost the gold medal match of the men's taekwondo 68-kilogram class on Thursday, while his sister Diana claimed bronze in the women's 57 kg division.

Mark Lopez advanced to the final with a 3-1 win over training partner Peter Lopez (no relation), who fights for Peru, in the semifinals. But he was stopped in the gold medal match by Son Taejin of Korea, who also beat him at a world qualifying tournament last year.

Diana Lopez took a 3-1 loss to Turkey's Azize Tanrikulu in the quarterfinals, only to bounce back with a 1-0 win over Teo Elaine of Malaysia in a repechage bout. She moved on to one of the bronze medal matches, where she beat Italy's Veronica Calabrese for her medal.

"I am just so happy," she said. "I'm so emotional."

Afterwards, Diana watched her brother lose the gold medal match.

They are the younger siblings of two-time Olympic gold medalist Steven Lopez, who is also fighting in Beijing in the men's 80 kg class, which will be contested Friday. A third brother, Jean, is their coach.

The three Lopezes are the first trio of siblings to compete in the same Olympics in 104 years.

"We are all here to cheer for one another," Diana said.

Chinese Taipei's Sung Yu-chi and Turkey's Servet Tazegul won bronze medals behind Son and Mark Lopez in the men's 57 kg class.

Lim Sujeong of Korea won gold in the women's 57 kg class, with Tanrikulu taking silver behind her. Martina Zubcic took bronze alongside Diana Lopez.

08/21 08:48:13 ET


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