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In September 2007, he finished in 1st place in the -68 kg category at the World Qualification Tournament in Manchester, England by defeating 2005 world featherweight (-67 kg) champion Mark López of United States in the quarterfinals and 2007 world featherweight (-67 kg) champion Gessler Viera Abreu of Cuba in the final.
In May 2008, Son eventually qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, defeating 2006 Asian Game winner Kim Ju-Young and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Song Myeong-Seob at the 2008 Korean Olympic Taekwondo Trials.
On July 22, 2009, Son was knocked out by Park Hyung-Jin in Round 2 of the featherweight (-68 kg) final match at the 2009 President's Cup in Ulsan, South Korea via a back spinning hook kick. He collapsed to the mat and was disoriented after the stand-up. Due to the defeat, Son didn't qualify as a member of the 2010 South Korean national taekwondo team.
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