Colombia’s Oscar Muñoz surprisingly secured Colombia’s fifth medal at the 2012 London Olympics when winning bronze in the 58kg taekwondo category Wednesday.
The 19-year-old Muñoz received the bronze medal after a victory over Thailand’s Pen-Ek Karaket.
“Thanks to God I have been able to obtain this victory, a medal I have wanted for Colombia so long,” the Valledupar-born fighter told press minutes after the fight.
Muñoz’s medal sets Colombia’s score at two silver and three bronze medals, improving the country’s all-time record that already was set by Caterine Ibarguen in the triple jump on Sunday.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos congratulated his country’s latest Olympic victor on Twitter. “What pride for Valledupar!” the president said.