Rio 2016: Lutalo Muhammad denied taekwondo gold by last second action

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Great Britain’s Lutalo Muhammad suffered an agonising last-second defeat in the men’s -80kg taekwondo final – losing 8-6 to Cheick Sallah Cisse of the Ivory Coast.

Muhammad led Cheick Sallah Cisse 6-4 with one second remaining but the restart saw the Ivory Coast fighter launch a late reverse head shot that landed on the Briton and earned him an 8-6 decision.

A disconsolate Muhammad had to settle for silver, to add to the bronze he won at London 2012.

“I’m so distraught,” said a tearful Muhammad after his defeat.

“I was so close to becoming Olympic champion and making my dream.

“I don’t want to cry but I am so sorry to the people that stayed up to watch. I let them down at the last second. This is so hard.”

 

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