Hymer overhauled in taekwondo battle

Australia's Stacey Hymer (r) led midway before losing her Olympic taekwondo opening bout.
Australia's Stacey Hymer (r) led midway before losing her Olympic taekwondo opening bout.

Stacey Hymer put up a decent fight but the Australian was unable to sustain the charge in losing her round of 16 Olympic taekwondo battle with Canada's Skylar Park 25-15.

Hymer appeared on the verge of causing an upset in the women's 57kg class when she opened up a 12-6 lead midway through the second of three rounds, converting on some good counter-attacking blows to Park's body.

But five straight kicks to the trunk turned the contest the Canadian's way, the world No.3 taking a 16-12 lead in to the final round.

With time running out, a desperate Hymer tried to land the knockout blow, but Park held firm to move through to the quarter-finals.

Australian Associated Press