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

Gabriel Mercedes
Medal record
Men’s taekwondo
Representing the  Dominican Republic
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2008 Beijing 58 kg
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Edmonton 54 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Gyeongju 58 kg
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2007 Rio de Janeiro 58 kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Guadalajara 58 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Santo Domingo 58 kg
Central American and Caribbean Games
Gold medal – first place 2002 San Salvador 54 kg
Gold medal – first place 2010 Mayaguez 58 kg

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]

See alsoEdit


  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
Luguelín Santos