Gabriel Mercedes

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Mercedes and the second or maternal family name is Reyes.
Gabriel Mercedes
Medal record
Men’s taekwondo
Competitor for the  Dominican Republic
Olympic Games
Silver 2008 Beijing 58 kg
World Championships
Bronze 2011 Gyeongju 58 kg
Bronze 1999 Edmonton 54 kg
Pan American Games
Gold 2011 Guadalajara 58 kg
Gold 2007 Rio de Janeiro 58 kg
Bronze 2003 Santo Domingo 58 kg
Central American and Caribbean Games
Gold 2010 Mayaguez 58 kg
Gold 2002 San Salvador 54 kg

Yulis Gabriel Mercedes Reyes (born November 12, 1979 in Monte Plata, Monte Plata) is a Dominican taekwondo practitioner and Olympic medalist.

He won a silver medal in the – 58 kg class at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, after tying with Guillermo Pérez of Mexico, but losing by a judge's decision.

He carried the flag for his delegation at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He was favored to win his county's third medal at these games. He competed in the Men's 58 kg (flyweight). He lasted one round and a half. A bad move shattered the meniscus and the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He kept fighting with evident pain, before he limped away in tears.[1]

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  1. ^ Sanguinetti, Pablo (8 August 2012). "Tears at taekwondo: the painful farewell of 2008 medallist Mercedes". Europe Online. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Félix Sánchez
Flagbearer for  Dominican Republic
London 2012
Succeeded by