Lutalo Muhammad misses out on taekwondo gold in the final second

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Great Britain's Lutalo Muhammad suffered one of the most agonising defeats we’re ever likely to witness at an Olympics during the men’s -80kg taekwondo final on Friday.

The 25-year-old was on course to secure Team GB’s second taekwondo gold of the Games following Jade Jones’ -57kg victory a day earlier - but was hit in the final second by his opponent, Cheick Sallah Cisse.

The Ivorian, following a brief pause, trailed 6-4 with a second spare but won the bout 8-6 with a reverse turning kick. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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Muhammad couldn’t believe he’d been caught and put his head in his hands when the referee called time on the fight.

Cisse, meanwhile, ran off celebrating like a lunatic - and who can blame him?

Video: Muhammad loses gold in the final second

He was devastated afterwards

"I'm so distraught," a tearful Muhammad told BBC Sport 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.

"I was so close to being Olympic champion. The emotions are so raw. It's hard to say how disappointed I am. It should have been gold. I am so upset I can't speak clearly.

"I am absolutely gutted to blow it like that. I'll have to wait four years for another chance. It's one of the low points of my life."

He still won the silver medal

Muhammad, who won bronze at London 2012, still managed to win the silver medal - but it’s safe to assume that currently feels like an insignificant consolation prize at this moment in time.

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