Annan stresses full implementation of 6-point plan
coach outletLONDON, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Twice world champion Hou Yuzhuo was one step from creating a new piece of history for Chinese taekwondo for being the first woman to win the -57kg title at an Olympics but nerves stopped her from being excellent to great.
In Thursday's final, Hou fell to host athlete Jade Jones 6-4 in their rematch after last year's world championship where injured Hou overcame Jones to become the first Chinese taekwondoka to defend a world title.
"It is the first time I competed at an Olympics so I was nervous. My coach arranged tactics for me but I only displayed half of it," Hou said.
"I think I need to change my style. I should learn from Xiao Yu," she added.
The person Hou referred to is Wu Jingyu who successfully defended her -49kg title on Wednesday. Wu was always on attack on her way to the final victory while Hou is more of a defence-and-counter-attack type in her game.
Chinese taekwondo team leader Cao Tao had the same opinion.
"She is not that active in attack. Sometimes you will have a little worry about that," said Cao.
As for Hou's performance on Thursday, Cao said she was on nerves.
"I think she was nervous before such a big and loud crowd. She did not bring her potential to a full display, not playing well in terms of pace, tactics and morale," said team leader Cao Tao.
Hou, 25, started the taekwondo training at nine when she registered for a summer vacation taekwondo class.
Her talent was soon sought out and it did not took the slender girl a very long time to stand out among her peers as she won the national junior title in -47kg category in 2001.
Hou then finished second in the youth world championships in 2004 and took a bronze in the National Games a year later.
Hou's career kept going uphill as she clinched the 2009 National Games title and became the winner at 2009 and 2011 world championships.