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Bradly Sinden clinched silver for Great Britain after losing to Uzbekistan Ulugbek Rashitov in the -68kg taekwondo final.
The 2019 world champion, 22, was aiming to become Britain’s first Olympic men’s taekwondo champion but was beaten 34-29. He won Britain’s first silver medal at the Tokyo Games.
Trailing 18-14 heading into the final round, Sinden fought back in a checkered final to take a 28-26 lead in the dying seconds.
However, Rashitov responded immediately to gain the advantage and a strong trunk kick six seconds to go sealed a spectacular victory.
“It was my gold medal to give away – he’s obviously a good fighter, I just made a few mistakes,” Sinden said. “I think I also had some bad luck with some things, but it’s taekwondo.
“I thought he was on the back foot. You have to commend him for what he did – some mistakes on my part, kudos to him. You will see me again in Paris. “
Despite his disappointment at losing the final, Sinden can reflect on a good start to the Olympics which continues his rapid rise in the sport.
The Doncaster-born fighter won his first major senior medal at the 2017 World Championships at just 18 years old. Two years later, he became the first Briton to win a world taekwondo title.
In Tokyo, he advanced to the semi-final with a 20-point victory over Tukey’s Hakan Recber before coming back from behind to beat China’s Zhao Shuai 33-25 to secure a medal.
“We were here to get the gold – nothing else is what we’re here to celebrate. Maybe I’ll get over it eventually, ”Sinden added. “But so far, I haven’t won gold when I think it was there for me. I will take it and improve it. “
Team GB’s first medal was won earlier on Sunday, with Chelsie Giles fixing bronze in the women’s judo of -52 kg.
However, there was a disappointment for two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones, who suffered a 16-12 loss by Kimia Alizadeh of the Refugee Olympic Team.