08/11/2012 05:36 EDT | Updated 10/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Serbia's Milica Mandic wins Olympic taekwondo gold in women's 67K+

LONDON - Serbia's Milica Mandic won her country's first gold of the London Olympics by taking the taekwondo title in the women's over 67-kilogram division on Saturday.

Mandic upset top-seeded Anne-Caroline Graffe of France in a tight final by a score of 9 to 7.

Earlier in the day, Mandic knocked out two of the division favourites, defending Olympic champion Maria Espinoza of Mexico and second-ranked Anastasia Baryshnikova of Russia. Espinoza later won a bronze medal.

Mandic was frequently on the offensive in her fights on Saturday, often striking her opponents first with a targeted kick to the body before quickly retreating so they couldn't counter-attack.

Mandic, 20, won a bronze at the world championship last year.

The other bronze medal went to Russia's Anastasia Baryshnikova.