Booing drowned out any cheers from British fans as Walk

den was announced as the winner and Zheng refused to acknowledge the Briton’s victory

before sensationally collapsing on the podium and leaving the competition area in tears.

“I have been doing this sport for 16 years, but this is the first time I have realized that a taekwondo match could be played like this.

Zheng, competing in her fifth world championships, said on hea

ring the British national anthem playing, she felt too weak to stand on the podium.

“I felt very guilty for not winning the gold for my coach, my teammates and my country. We h

ave been working so hard for this world championships. It is the biggest event before the Tokyo Olympic Games.”

“Many fans came up to console me and some of them are British. I know most people know what is fair play,” Zheng said.

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