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Taekwondo grudge match in Rio off after surprising loss

22 August 2016

Muhammad, the Walthamstow warrior, won a silver for Britain in an agonising final in which he came within one second of beating Cheick Sallah Junior Cisse of the Ivory Coast.

Muhammad, who is ranked fourth in the world, was leading the match 6-4 until the Ivory Coast's Cheick Sallah Cisse hit him with a reverse turning kick in the fight's final action.

Lutalo Muhammad described the "horrible moment" when his Olympic gold medal dream was dashed in the final second of a dramatic men's -80kg taekwondo final at the Rio Olympic Park on Friday.

The African country has only won one other Olympic medal ever, a silver in the men's 400 metres race in 1984.

"I was able to realize this dream with courage and with passion".

He's a very great champion, I wish him all the best, and I'll get him next time.
"I'm so sorry, this is so hard". Obviously it's disappointing for me.

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An emotional Muhammad, who won bronze at London 2012, called the kick "a disgusting moment". I am very proud of my medal.

The second seed was fighting in the Olympics for the first time since Beijing after being controversially overlooked by British selectors for London 2012.

In London 2012 he crashed out in his first fight, only disclosing later that his preparations had been hampered by a broken foot.

'I'm so distraught, ' he said after the loss.

In the women's welterweight competition South Korea's Oh Hye-Ri took gold, as she defeated France's Haby Niare by the final score of 13-12. The feeling hasn't set in yet.

However, the British didn't expect what came to him next as Cisse earned one point back by warning penalty and delivered kick with one second left to seal a 8-6 unbelievable victory. These are mistakes you learn from and you have to move forward.

Taekwondo grudge match in Rio off after surprising loss