Jordan secures a silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics thanks to the champion Sharbati
Jordan secured its first medal in the Tokyo Summer Olympics and the second in the history of the Games, after the sixth-ranked taekwondo player Saleh Al-Sharbati qualified for the 80-kg final, after defeating the seventh Uzbekistani Nikita Ravalovich 13-11 Monday.
Al-Sharbati, the 2021 Asian Championship title holder and the 2018 Asian bronze medalist, will meet in the final later on Monday with the Russian Maxim Khrushchev, the participant under a neutral flag, who eliminated the Egyptian Seif Issa 13-1.
Al-Sharbati will give Al-Nashama its second ever medal in the Olympics, after Ahmed Abu Ghosh won its first in taekwondo also when he won the gold - 68 kg in Rio 2016.
Al-Sharbati (22 years) said after winning, in a statement to Agence France-Presse: "The final will be difficult. Like the first matches, in the end we are in the Olympics so everyone is ready and ready. We will rest now and analyze the final and we are optimistic."
And Adel Ravalovic in the last seconds of the third round 11-11 to resort to a decisive round that Al Sharbati ended with the golden points amid a crazy joy for him and his coach on and around the ring, and added, "I thanked my Lord because these efforts were not in vain (...) I thought about my family because they were tired with me and stood for my side to get here."
Egyptian Hedaya Malak, who holds bronze in Rio 2016 in the -57kg category, was eliminated from the quarter-finals of the 67th category after losing against Britain’s third-ranked Lorne Williams, the 2018 and 2019 European champion, 13-12, but she will have the opportunity to compete for the same color this time as well. After reaching the British final.
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