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Bradly Sinden has to settle for silver after heartbreaking final defeat

Bradly Sinden has to settle for silver after heartbreaking final defeat
The Briton led with eight seconds left on the clock but teenager Rashitov pulled off a dramatic head kick.

Bradly Sinden had to settle for a heartbreaking silver medal after losing his -68kg men’s taekwondo final to Ulugbek Rashitov of Uzbekistan.

The Briton led with eight seconds left on the clock but teenager Rashitov pulled off a dramatic head kick before hanging on for a 34-29 成功.

It was a disappointing end to a successful day for the ドンカスター 22-歳, who had barged his way to the final with three successive high-scoring displays.

Rashitov had eliminated top seed Daewoon Lee in his second bout and it was immediately apparent he would present a serious threat to Sinden’s hopes of claiming Team GB’s first gold of the Games.

After a predictably cagey opening two minutes, the Uzbek came on strong in the dying seconds of the opening round to establish a 13-8 advantage.

It was an initiative he did not look like surrendering in the second, where his unerring accuracy at close-quarters twice saw him extend his lead to seven points.

But just as he had in his semi-final, シンデンは座屈し、ラウンドの終わりにヘッドキックをしたところ、彼は赤字を完全に回復可能な4に戻しました。 14-18.

Two trunk kicks brought Sinden back to level in the first part of the second round, and Sinden looked to have seized the advantage when he turned his former deficit into a four-point lead.

熱狂的な最後の30分で, 最初にウズベクは2ポイントのアドバンテージを取り戻した後、シンデンは決勝戦に向けて試合を振り返りました。 10 秒.

In a repeat of Lutalo Muhammad’s last-gasp heartbreak in リオ 四年前, シンデンの金への期待は、ラシトフからのヘッドキックが彼の劇的な勝利を効果的に封印したとき、残り8秒で終了しました。.