LENN Hypolite captured Trinidad and Tobago’s first ever gold medal at the Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships on Monday.
He won the Men’s Welterweight Division at the 5th Commonwealth Championships in Chennai, India, beating Dale Rhodie of Scotland in the final by three points to one.
The final was delayed by three hours but Hypolite had already made himself known to the international community following his impressive performances in the earlier rounds.
On the way to the ring, Rhodie’s coach could be heard instructing him “Watch out for the back kick.”
This kick became popular after Hypolite used it effectively to defeat his counterpart in the semi-finals Kumar Kundu of Bangladesh 8-4.
The lengthy break ahead of the start of the final helped Hypolite, the 2008 Pan American silver medallist to recuperate following a tough semi-final encounter.
TT’s other entrant Avin Maharaj was beaten by Vanlairuata of India on the second day of the championships.
Maharaj made slow start but found rhythm in the second round, but was trailing by one point. In the third and final round Maharaj received a kick to the head which took him out of the contest.