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Marton misses out on taekwondo bronze
By Jordan Chong
08:19 AEST Sat Aug 11 2012

It was a case of double heartbreak for the first family of Australian taekwondo after Carmen Marton came up short in her bid for an Olympic medal.

German Helena Frumm denied the Australian a podium finish at the ExCeL Arena on Friday night, winning the bronze medal playoff for the less than 67kg class 8-2.

On the same court two nights earlier, Marton's fiance Safwan Khalil fell just short of a dream Olympic debut when he lost his bronze medal decider to Russian Alexey Denisenko.

While the pair plans to marry later in 2012, Marton said the loss has her, and probably her fiance, more interested in getting started on preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics rather than wedding plans.

"I think Saf and I will be more motivated to train than plan for a wedding after this," a disappointed, but smiling, Marton told reporters after the match.

"Once you go once you just want to keep on doing it as long as you can.

"If I am in the right body state and right frame of mind and I qualify - I still have to go through all the qualifications - then I would love to do another Games."

Despite missing out on a podium finish, Marton bettered her performance from Beijing four years ago where she came ninth.

Against Fromm, the 26-year-old Marton appeared to take the lead in the second round when she scored three points for a head kick.

However, the German camp successfully used the video review system to have the points removed, and benefited from the technology again in the third round when an Australian appeal against a German score was denied.

Marton said she let the German seize the initiative in the match by being too patient.

"It's very silly of me to have to be down in order to fire up," Marton said.

"She took it up to me first and that's something I should have done to her."

Marton was bidding for Australia's third ever taekwondo medal since the sport made its Olympic debut 12 years ago, following Lauren Burns' gold and Daniel Trenton's silver on home soil at Sydney 2000.

South Korea's Kyung Seon Hwang beat Nur Tatar from Turkey to win the gold medal.

Paige McPherson from the USA claimed the second bronze medal on offer.

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